UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Nine people died, six were injured in clashes between government forces and Al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
It is noted that the clashes occurred on Saturday evening in the Lower Shabelle region in the city of Qoryoley. The head of the settlement, Said Ali Ibrahim, said that the militants were the first to launch mortar shelling at the base of government forces, but their attack was repelled.
“The militants of the movement attacked the base twice, but our forces bravely recaptured and restrained them. There are some casualties among the civilian population. Nine people died and six were injured,” the official said.
At the same time, he pointed out that now the troops are in control of the city, and refuted the claim of the militants that they managed to capture it.
In turn, a local resident told the agency that the clashes began after militants fired on a nearby village. According to him, the forces of the African Union Mission in Somalia took part in the confrontation, responding to the fire of the Islamists, as a result of which “many people died and many more were injured.”
The radical Islamist group Al-Shabab (The Movement of Young Mujahideen), based in Somalia, has close ties with the international terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. It wages an armed struggle against the central government of Somalia and impedes the humanitarian activities of the UN.
The United States regularly attacks Al-Shabaab positions.
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