31 October 2012

Somalia: Three Killed As Somali Forces, Al Shabab Clash Near Baidoa City

Photo: Daily Nation/Xinhua
The wreckage of the car bomb after it exploded outside a Somali government building in Mogadishu (file photo).

Baidoa — Heavy clash between Somali government forces and fighters loyal to Al shabaab movement on Tuesday night broke out parts of Bay region in southern Somalia.

The fighting started after a number of heavily armed militants ambushed Somali forces at Gof-gaduud area, about 20 kilometers from Baidoa town, the provincial capital of Bay province.

"At least three combatants from both sides were killed during the fierce skirmishing," a witness said, adding the rebels were warded off and pushed back of the area by Somali forces.

Local residents in the rural areas nearby said a fearful condition faced them as fighting may resume again in any moment.

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