Somali military officers say at least four soldiers and a photographer embedded with the army were killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on an army base in the town of Awdhegle, southwest of the capital.
Gen. Yusuf Rage, commander of the Somali infantry division, said that troops repelled the attack in Awdhegle, a farming town recently seized by Somalia’s special forces. Eight attackers were also killed in the attack.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the assault which started with a suicide car bomb.
Residents reported that loud explosions and bursts of gunfire were heard for nearly half an hour. They said government forces were still in control of the town.
“Al-Shabaab have left after the fighting,” said Yusuf Anshur, a local elder. “The situation is calm now.”