2 al-Shabaab militants killed, 4 injured in southern Somalia

Two al-Shabaab militants were killed and four were injuried during an intense fighting with government army in southern Somalia on Saturday , a military official told reporters.

A fierce battle broke out in Eel Sanini, a village 15 km from Number 50 Airstrip in Lower Shabelle region after the militants attempted to attack a military base, said Aden Ahmed Ali,Somali National Army ( SNA)’ Unit one commander.

“We got a tip-off that al-Shabaab militants moved towards our base and we intercepted them, there was a confrontation, but we overpowered them,” said Ali.

“We killed two of the attackers and injured four others. Our forces are now pursuing the rest who ran towards El Dhanane neighborhood, “he added.

Residents said the fighting caused panic in the area.

“As we were on our daily business, heavily armed forces passed by our village, and minutes later we heard the sound of gun fire exchanges by government army and the militants,” Hirsi Elmi, a local resident told Xinhua.

The latest battle came barely four days after government forces killed 7 al- Shabab militants and injured ten others in a fierce fight with the militants in Awdeegle town in the same region.