A heavy gunfight erupted between the Somali national army [SNA] and Al-Shabaab militants in the Bay region has left at least one soldier dead and two others wounded, authorities said.
The battle ensued after SNA forces launched an attack against Al-Shabaab base in Bur-Eyl village, located on the outskirts of Burhakabo town on Monday morning.
The government troops managed to briefly take over the control of the area after overpowering Al-Shabaab fighters during the fighting in which both sides suffered casualties, according to local officials and residents.
The latest reports from the area indicate that Al-Shabaab has regained control of the locality following the withdrawal of the Somali forces.
It's yet unclear why the SNA retreated back.