AMISOM troops and Somali National Army (SNA) regained control of Balad town located north of capital Mogadishu after it was briefly taken over by Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen (HSM) fighters.
Al-Shabaab conducted an ambush on Burundi convoy killing a number of soldiers.
Information minister Mahad Osman who is also the Member of Parliament for Hirshabelle State confirmed of the capture of the town.
The Islamists militants’ reportedly killed some civilians, burnt down a computer school and looted and vandalized equipment of Balad radio station.
Al-Shabaab militants had overrun Balad town which is located about 30 kilometers north of Mogadishu in Friday mid-morning attack, taking control from government forces.
The insurgents later confirmed through its affiliated websites that they were in full control of the town though it exaggerated the number of casualties.