Al-Shabaab attacks Somali army base in Lower Shabeelle

Afgoye, Somalia: Heavy fighting occurred last night between Somali forces and fighters from the militant group, Al-Shabaab, in the outskirts of Afgoye District, Lower Shabeelle Region.

The two sides reportedly used heavy artillery in the clashes.

The fighting erupted after Al-Shabaab fighters attacked a Somali army base that was established recently after the troops took over some villages near Afgoye District from the militants.

Area residents reported that the two sides exchanged heavy gunfire for hours during the clashes.

The militant group Al-Shabaab claimed that they took over a Somali army base in Sabib District and killed a soldier in the attack.

The Somali government has not yet commented on the attack.