Seven Al-Shabaab combatants were killed on Saturday in fighting between Somali forces supported by AU troops and Al-Shabaab fighters at Surayo village about 18 KM from Burdhubo town, in the southern Somali region of Gedo.
The fighting flared up after Somali forces attacked in the village manned by Al-Shabaab fighters.
Aden Muhumed Ahmed, SNA said that the joint forces were in full control of the area at the moment and Al-Shabaab fighters fled the area.
“The fighting inflicted heavy casualties on Al-Shabaab fighters, seven of them were killed in the battlefield and they left unspecified number of injuries but two soldiers of the Somali army were killed and another one was injured in the fighting” said Ahmed.
Ahmed said Al-Shabaab fighters ordered locals to pay large amounts of money which they can’t afford.
“the residents informed the joint forces that they were facing threats and pressure from the militants and the forces responded to their demand and took action on the terrorists today,” he said.
Al-Shabaab which wants to topple internationally recognised Somali government has carried out several deadly attacks in Somalia’s main towns.
In less than a week, the group attacked three towns with explosions killing over fifty people and 120 other sustained injures.
Last night two people were killed in a grenade attack in Mogadishu’s Suka-holaha neighborhood in Heliwa district.
Over nine people killed on Thursday night after four Al-Shabaab fighters attacked popular restaurant alongside Mogadishu’s offshore.
Al-Shabaab was driven from the capital city in 2011 by Somali and AU troops.
Despite the well organised offensives by Somali forces backed AU troops, the group still controls large swath of rural areas in south and central Somalia.