World Bulletin / News Desk
Six government soldiers were killed in the early hours of Wednesday in violent clashes with fighters from the al-Qaeda-allied al-Shabaab group in the southern Middle Shebelle region, an eyewitness told Anadolu Agency.
Mohamed Hussein, a resident of the Middle Shebelle district of Mahaday said that a group of al-Shabaab fighters staged a surprise attack late Tuesday night on a government army unit stationed on the outskirts of the district. The ensuing fire exchange left six soldiers dead and four others injured.
Two government vehicles were burnt and two others seized by al-Shabaab militants, according to Hussein.
Wednesday's clashes were the fiercest in the district as of late. Neither al-Shabaab nor the government confirmed the gunfight as of 7am GMT.
Somalia, a long-troubled Horn of Africa country, has been in the grip of political violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.
The election of a new Somali government one year ago, along with intervention by African Union troops tasked with countering an insurgency by the Al-Qaeda-allied Al-Shabaab group, has led to more stability in recent months.Last Mod: 15 Ocak 2014, 10:55