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Somalia denies killing of 5 soldiers by al-Shabab

Aug 6th 2020 ยท 1 min read

MOGADISHU - Somali government on Wednesday dismissed claims by the al-Shabab group to have killed five government soldiers during an operation in southwest Baidoa region.

Ismael Mukhtar Omar, the government spokesman said there were no clashes on Wednesday morning at a military base at Deynunay village 25 km south of Baidoa as claimed by the militant group.

"It's a baseless propaganda, no clashes have taken place in the last 24 hours," Omar told Xinhua.

His remarks came after al-Shabab said its fighters overran a military base at Deynunay village near Baidoa killing five government soldiers including two commanders in the attack.

According to al-Shabab, military vehicles were also destroyed during the fighting.

The militant group has been engaging the government forces in near-daily attacks in its bid to overthrow the government. But the Somali and partner forces have intensified military operations into territory formerly controlled by al-Shabab after driving the insurgents out of Mogadishu in 2011.

last updated: 2020-08-06@06:08