At least four Somali soldiers have been killed after al-Shabab fighters attacked a military base outside Hudur, the provincial capital of the southwestern Bakol region.
A spokesman for al-Shabab said they temporarily retook control of Teed, 30 kilometres outside Huddur and seized weapons after the fight with government forces. Somali military commanders denied al-Shabab’s claim.
The al-Qaeda-linked group has intensified its operations against Somali forces during the holy month of Ramadan. It carried out several attacks on military installations in the country since the beginning of Ramadan.
Al-Shabab is fighting to overthrow an internationally-backed government and implement a strict version of Islamic law.