MOGADISHU - Somali national forces on Monday night killed members of al-Shabab militants in a fierce fighting in Lower Shabelle region, an official confirmed on Tuesday.
Abdi Ahmed Yusuf, deputy governor of Lower Shabelle region for security, told journalists that al-Shabab militants launched an attack in a base run by the Somali army and African Union forces in Qoryoley town.
"The militants suffered severe casualties during clashes between the army and the attackers, and we killed six of them," Yusuf said.
He added that the army is now controlling the area since the militants have fled to the forest.
The latest incident came barely a day after government forces killed 10 al-Shabab militants in clashes between the army and the militants in El-Salini and Barire towns in the same region.
Government forces have intensified operations against al-Shabab militants in the southern regions, but the militants still hold swathes of rural areas in those regions conducting ambushes and planting land mines. Enditem