Ten killed in fighting with Al Shabaab in Somalia’s Bay region

A Somali army soldier demonstrating field tactics during a pass-out ceremony to mark the end of training, January 2017 (AMISOM / Omar Abdisalan)

BARDALE — At least four government soldiers and six militants are reported dead in an ambush attack carried out by Al Shabaab near Bardale town.

Somalia’s military chief in Bay region, Abdullahi Sheikh Mohamed said that four soldiers died in a roadside blast followed by a surprise attack in Mad-Sheikh area, which is located about 25 km from the town.

Mohamed told The Messenger Africa that the troops repulsed the assault, adding that at least six militants had been killed.

“We lost four soldiers earlier this day after one of our military vehicles was hit by a roadside blast followed by militants’ attack but we warded off the militants’ ambush,” he said.

The armed group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack on its website, saying it killed at least six government soldiers and wounded four others in the ambush.

“Today, our mujaheddin fighters attacked a NOHA vehicle carrying government soldiers and killed six soldiers and injured four others. Two AK-47s were also taken away by us,” the group said.

The group has vowed to ramp up its attacks against government troops backed by African Union (AMISOM) peacekeepers in Somalia.

Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare