Wanlaweyn (Sh.M.Network)—Fierce clashes has erupted on Tuesday between Somali forces backed by AU peacekeeping soldiers and Al shabab militants in the main road linking Mogadishu to Baidoa city, reports said.
The combat reportedly sparked this morning as Somali and AMISOM forces moved closer to the rebel-held Buurhakaba city, just about 180 Km northwest of Mogadishu.
Local residents reported that both sides have used heavy artilleries fire and machine-guns during the clashes, forcing people to stay in doors and stop movement in Leego and Yaqbariweyne villages outside the town.
It was immediately unclear whether there have been any casualties in the battle on either warring sides or local civilians.
But, Ibrahim Yarow, an army commander told Shabelle Media that his forces have executed on Tuesday a pre- planed and over measured attack against the Al shabab in the city, seizing two strategic villages close to Buurhakaba town located on the main road to Baidoa city.
Though Al-Shabab has been pushed back in the ongoing offensives, their deadly ambush and face-to-face attacks and bombings still haunt theLower Shabelle region.
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