Qoqani — Military officers from Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Gedo region, south-west of the country, claimed on Wednesday a major victory over Al shabab fighting.
General Abdi Mahdi, chief of Somali armed forces in Gedo region, told that his troops inflicted heavy losses upon Al shabab fighters during a fierce fighting took place yesterday several locations near Qoqani town in Lower Jubba region of southern Somalia.
"Somali and Kenyan forces repelled Tuesday attacks by Al shabab mounted on military bases in the villages located on the outskirts of Qoqani, killing many militant fighters and damaging some of their battle wagons," said Mr Mahdi.
He stated that all battled areas are now under Somali and Kenya control and tightening the overall security in the region to thwart further Al shabab ambush attacks.
No Al shabab official made comment so far to verify or confirm Somali military claim.