Mogadishu — A district commissioner for Somali government says that at least 20 Al Shabab warriors were killed in an immense battle took place overnight in Afgoye district, 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Mogadishu.
Abdullah Abdi Ahmed, the DC, told Shabelle Media that Somali government forces managed to drive back an offensive by Al Shabab fighters on Somali army in the town, killing twenty combatants belonging to Al shabab.
Mr. Ahmed underscored that the situation remained calm on Sunday following the overnight combat between Somali soldiers and Al Shabab militants.
There is no any independent verification about the Somali government claim and Al Shabab has not said a word on the attack so far.
Somali army commanders said Saturday that they had pushed rebels from a key stronghold area called Km-50 airstrip in Lower Shabelle region, south of Somalia. The rebels said they had withdrawn from the vicinity in what they said "a military tactic".