Somalia, AU forces seize town from Al Shabaab

Heavy fighting broke out on Friday between Somali army forces, along with African Union troops and Al Shabaab fighters in Janale town.

The battle erupted when Somali troops and AMISOM forces attacked militants’ bases in the town, said police officer Mohanad Jim’alle. Jim’alle told The Messenger Africa that at least 10 people including soldiers and militants were killed in Friday fighting.

The coalition forces took control of the town during the skirmish, according to military officer Mohamud Hussein: “Janale town and Murshani area are under our control now. We drove militants out of the town. Weapons were also seized from the militants.”

There was no immediate response from Al Shabaab over the military claims.

Roadside blast leaves 3 soldiers dead near Mogadishu

In a separate incident, three Somali military soldiers were killed and several others wounded in a roadside explosion near Mogadishu.

Thursday’s blast hit an armored vehicle full of military troops in Taredishe area while it was heading to Mogadishu, says witness Mohamed Sharafle.

Sharafle told The Messenger Africa that he counted bodies of three soldiers after the blast, adding that several others including two civilians were injured.

“We took two victims shortly after the blast hit one of several military convoys traveling into Taredishe area near the capital,” he said.

Military officials were not available to reach on the phone for comments on the bomb explosion. The attack was claimed by Al Shabaab group on its website.

Last week the group also carried out a suicide attack on a police station, killing at least seven people in Mogadishu.


Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare