The UN top envoy in Somalia on Sunday condemned Saturday’s foiled attacks against the Somali National Army (SNA) bases in Barire and Awdhigle towns in the southern region in which the army killed more than 115 militants.

“We strongly condemn these attacks that targeted Somali forces. This is a vivid reminder of the sacrifices being made by Somali soldiers every day as they fight bravely to keep Somalia and its people safe,” James Swan, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

Swan said such attacks were aimed at undermining efforts to rebuild Somalia. “We extend our condolences for the loss of life, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” he added.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the simultaneous dawn attacks in which the group sustained heavy losses in the face of strong action by the SNA forces.