At least 5 Somali military soldiers included senior commander were killed Sunday in an ambush by Al-Shabaab near Bal’ad district 30km north of the capital Mogadishu, local officials said.
Ahmed Mayre Makaraan who is the governor of the Middle Shabelle region where the attack took place, says that also 3 militants were killed in the accident.
Among the killed was senior Somali Military commander identified as Mohamed Rage whose car was hit with a RPG fired by the militants.
“We have also confirmed that four of our soldiers were killed in the attack,”said the governor.
Al-Shabaab group on its radio Andalus claimed responsbility of the attack saying, it has killed top military commander and his bodyguards in the Middle Shabelle region.
Somali troops and long with the african union forces stepped up military operations against the militants in Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle regions. The militant group, Al-Shabaab is also facing with an increased airstrikes by US drones.
By Mohamed Odowa