Garbaharey — Heavy battle between Somali government troops backed by Kenyan army serving under AMISOM force and Al shabab militants broke out Thursday in the southwestern province of Gedo.
Locals say the fighting ignited when Somali forces moved closer to Burdhubo, a rebel-held city near Garbaharey town, the provincial capital of Gedo. Reports said Kenyan warplanes were seen taking part the combat against Al shabab.
Lieutenant Col.Aden Hirse Rufle, has told Shabelle Media station by phone that several training camps and arms caches belonging to the militants were destroyed in the aerial attacks by Kenyan defence forces (KDF) during the skirmish.
"The offensive was a preplanned and took place at an Al shabab stronghold area called Burdhubo. So far, the exact number of the casualties is yet unclear as the fighting raging on," he added.
Al shabab officials have not yet released any word or comments on the Thursday's warfare in Gedo region, southwest Somalia.