At least one Al-Shabaab fighter was killed and a Somali soldier wounded in a fierce gunfight between SNA forces and armed militants in the southern Lower Shabelle region on Thursday, an official said.
Speaking to Radio Shabelle, Mohamed Abdullahi Gashan, who is the deputy commissioner of Qoryoley district, about 120Km northwest of Mogadishu has confirmed the battle and the death of the militant.
Gashan added that the battle came after Al-Shabaab Islamists attacked Somali troops on security patrol in areas located on the outskirts of the town.
The two sides used heavy and small weaponry during the confrontation which sparked panic among the local residents who have been suffering frequent attacks from Al-Shabaab in the past five years.
African Union forces and Somali national army are jointly controlling the town after they pushed the militants out of the area in 2014 during a large offensive against Al-Shabaab in southern Somalia