SNA words off al-Shabaab attack in Southern Somalia

Somali National Army (SNA) on Saturday evening repulsed a group of Al-Shabaab fighters after a fierce gun battle in southern Somalia.

The group’s fighters were repulsed in town of Burdub town in Gedo region.

According to the military owned Radio, the group attempted to overrun a military base manned by Somali National Army but were pushed back.

Somali military officials who spoke to the radio confirmed that the forces killed several al-Shabab fighters during the fighting.

The attacks come barely a day after Somali elite forces freed 33 children in a military operation against al-Shabaab in lower Shabelle region.

The children were rescued in Kurtunwaarey, a stronghold of the group in lower Shabelle region located 208 kilometers (129 miles) from the capital, Mogadishu.

Al-Shabaab which once controlled large swath territories have been driven out from many towns in central and south Somalia after fierce fighting with Somali military.

The group now carries out IED attacks and raids on military bases, government installations and security checkpoints in major towns.

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