al-Shabaab
al-Shabaab

Officials said the Al-Qaida linked militants attempted to capture the town guarded by Somalia national and African Union troops when the fighting ensued.

al-Shabaab
al-Shabaab

Spokesman of Lower Shabelle region Mohammed Shino told Xinhua that attempts by Al-Shabaab militants to capture Qoyolay town failed to materialize thanks to stiff resistance from Somalia government and African Union troops.

“There was heavy gun fire when Al-Shabaab militants attempted to recapture Qoyolay town from government and African Union forces. Independent sources have confirmed that nine Al-Shabaab militants and five soldiers died during the fighting,” Shino told Xinhua.

He added that unconfirmed reports had also pointed at possible death of civilians during the night-long gun battle.

African Union and Somalia government forces freed Qoloyay town from Al-Shabaab in March 2014. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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