Mogadishu — Foreign troops from an unidentified country raided a house in Barawe, a coastal town in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia, and Al Shabaab militants reportedly repelled the foreign troops, Garowe Online reports.
Local witnesses reported on VOA Somali Service that unidentified foreign troops "came from the coast with boats and helicopters" and raided a house in Barawe around 2am local time Saturday morning.
At least one person was killed in the raid, locals reported.
Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Musab, spokesman for Al Shabaab's military wing, confirmed the raid and disclosed in a recorded press statement that the militants "repelled a midnight raid by white infidel soldiers".
Abu Musab said: "We fought back against the white infidel soldiers with bombs and bullets, and they ran back to their boats. One member of Al Shabaab was killed and the white infidel soldiers failed their mission. We found blood and equipment near the coast in the morning," he added in a recorded press statement posted on militant websites.
Somali government officials have issued no public comment on the raid. Due to Al Shabaab' secrecy, it was not clear who was the target of the raid on the Barawe house. Barawe coastal town is home to Al Shabaab senior leaderhip, although no one knows the whereabouts of the militant group's chief Ahmed Abdi Godane.
No country has claimed responsibility for the raid. In June 2013, French troops attacked Bula Marer town in Lower Shabelle region, and other countries including the U.S. military have previously conducted raid and air strikes on Somali militants.
Al Shabaab militants still control most towns in south-central Somalia, while provincial capitals are controlled by Somali forces and AMISOM peacekeepers.