Battles between African Union, Somali troops and insurgent fighters have reportedly forces local residents to flee their houses in a bid to survive the ongoing fighting.
The violence broke out soon after Al shabab fighters attacked the early-morning on Sunday on military bases manned by Somali and Kenyan forces in a village located on the outskirts of Afmadow town inLower Jubba region.
Witnesses said military helicopters are taking part the combat which fired missiles into insurgent and civilian neighbourhoods during the fighting. No deaths or injures reported fo far as the battle raging on in the area.
“You can hear very deafening sound of artillery, and also we can see helicopters firing in some areas close to the town,” Afmadow resident explained. “People are very scared, very worried.”
Somali authorities have called on Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) to be vigilant over the attacks against Al shabab controlled towns and locations in south of the country, especially Lower and Middle Jubba regions, where civilian casualties reported following in the past attacks.
On Friday, last weekend, many have been killed, mostly combatants and wounded dozens of civilians by a militant offensive against Somali and Kenyan army near Afmadow.
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