BELEDWEYNE (SMN) – Somali National Army backed by local community fighters engaged in a deadly battle with Al-Shabaab in Hiran region, an official said.
Colonial Abdullahi Ali Anod, Somali military spokesperson said the fighting took place in El-Harari area in Hiran region, where the SNA took over from the militants on Thursday.
The nearly two-day combat left more than 100 combatants belonging to Al-Shabaab dead, according to the spokesman.
Anod who spoke to the state media said the troops also fended off a car bomb attack on their base in Masjidka Ali Gadud, newly recovered area in Middle Shabelle region.
There’s was no independent source verifying the military claims and Al-Shabaab is yet to comment on the clashes.