BALLI-DOGLE (Sh.M.Network) —At least four people are known to have been killed and dozens injured on Saturday in a heavy battle between Somali government soldiers and the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al shabab militants in southern Somalia, reports said.
Witnesses in BILLA-DOGLE town on Afgooye – Baidoa corridor told Shabelle Media Network that th fighting flared up in the early hours on Saturday when Al shabab fighters launched an ambush attack on government military bases in the airport.
“The combat was heavy and raged on for several hours, with both rival sides used heavy artillery fire and mortars in the skirmish, killing 4 combatants on both sides,” a witness said.
The allied forces have last week secured Balli Doogle Airbase, a former air force training base, 104kms from Mogadishu, without facing a resistance by Al shabab.
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