Somali National Army repulsed an al-Shabaab attack on their base in Goof -Gadud in Bay region, South West state on Monday.
Initial media reports indicated that the fighters briefly seized the camp before pushed back by the troops however military officials denied the news.
Goof-Gadud district commissioner, Hassan Buyow Issak confirmed the attack but dismissed they overrun the military camp.
“The militants launched an attack but we repulsed them,” he said, “SNA 60th division has the capacity to deal with terrorists,” Issak added.
Eyewitnesses in the area recounted casualties on both sides but no official source for confirmation.
Sources said at least ten soldiers and an unknown number of militants were killed in the attack which happened just 30 kilometers west of Baidoa, the interim administrative capital of the Southwest state of Somalia.
Somali troops backed by African Union peacekeepers intensified offensive against al-Shabaab this year by retaking key areas in Lower Shabelle region which is key to the security of the capital, Mogadishu.