Ato — At least 40 people had been killed in deadly battle that ensued near Somalia's southwestern border with Ethiopia according to officials, Garowe Online reports. On Tuesday morning, heavily armed Al Shabaab fighters raided bases in a village on Somalia-Ethiopia border, killing 28 vigilantes, the Governor of Bakool region of southwestern Somalia said on VOA Somalia Service during Tuesday interview.
He added that militants estimated to be 12 were also killed in stiff resistance from the local forces manning the bases. Meanwhile, Ato village head told BBC Somali Service that Al Shabaab fighters launched the deadly assault on local soldiers. Ethiopia maintains military presence near the attacked village of Ato, sources revealed.
Ethiopian-AMISOM troops have been fighting alongside Somali National Army (SNA) in support of Somali Federal Government's stabilization efforts. Al Shabaab which has been driven underground in military campaign honed guerilla insurgency, targeting military and soft structures with military-style ambushes and suicide bombings.