Al-Shabaab Engages Government Forces in a Fierce Battle in Merca Locality

A fierce battle pitting Al-Shabaab fighters and the Somali National Army has taken place in an area between Kilometer 50 and Merca. The fighting which started yesterday afternoon lasted for several hours. 

The fighting started after Al-Shabaab fighters attempted attack on a government army base near Kilometer 50.

The area district commissioner, Abdullahi Wafow, accused Al-Shabaab of setting fire on residential houses. He added that government troops killed several Al-Shabaab fighters in the attack. Calm has now returned to the area and it’s reported that Al-Shabaab have retreated back to their bases.

Meanwhile, AMISOMcontinues to work with the Somali Security Forces to ensure safety for the people of Somalia.

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