KISMAYU (Halbeeg News) – At least 1o soldiers have been killed and 5 others injured in a suspected Al-Shabaab attack in Southern Somalia.
The soldiers died after their vehicle ran over an explosive device near Kismayu on Wednesday.
According to sources, the attack happened at around 3 pm at Abdale-Birole villages, 45km west of Kismayu town.
Al Shabaab militants, who have since claimed responsibility through their Radio Andulas saying their fighters killed 11 government soldiers and burned the military vehicle.
The latest killings come as the Somali army backed by the African Union peacekeeping force have mounted a joint offensive against the militant group in the southern region.
On Tuesday, combined forces of Somali military and Jubbaland forces killed 11 eleven Al-Shabaab fighters near Beled-Hawo town after the forces raided Al-Shabaab new base.
The fight also claimed lives of five soldiers and injured seven others.
The army officials said the operation will continue until all regions still under al-Shabab control are liberated.
Al-Shabaab has in the past launched attacks in the region targeting military bases and convoys.