AllAfrica editors' note: American newspapers reported on Sunday that the attack was launched by United States special forces.
Unidentified foreign forces have early on Saturday attacked a house in Al Shabab's stronghold town of Barawe killing at least one militant.
According to locals a dozen of heavily armed foreign forces stormed the house which is believed to be a hideout for several top militant commanders including the group's absolute power holder Ahmed Abdi Godane known Abu Zubeyr.
The attack occurred just around 3.00 am local time. At least one fighter of Al Shabab was killed in direct gun battle between Al Shabab fighters and the foreign forces.
Local man who spoke with Radio Dalsan said he saw a bullet proof jacket and two ladders left by the foreign forces. "They were defeated by Al Shabab, they have run away." he said.
Heavy gun fire and several big explosions could be heard ar the city, the residents also said.
According to the locals the foreign forces came on a speedy boat from a nearby warship on the sea. No one could confirm the identity of the nation where the forces were from.
Al Shabab did not speak out on the attack.