Somali Military Army repels al-Shabaab attack in Lower Shabelle

Somali military

Somali military has repelled an al-Shabaab attack on their Forward Operating Base FOB on the outskirts of Marka town of Lower Shabelle region.

According to military-owned Radio SNA, al-Shabaab invaded the base from different directions prompting half an hour clashes between the sides.

The fighting took place on Thursday afternoon.

Officials told the Radio that the group was defeated and the base under the control of Somali military.

The official did not comment on the casualties of the fighting on Somali military and al-Shabaab.

The attack comes amid Somali military Army (SNA) backed by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) intensified operations liberate villages manned by al-Shabaab in Lower Shabelle region.

In recent months, Somali forces recaptured several villages in southern from al-Shabaab fighters.

The villages include Sabiid, Bariire, Awdhegle.

Al-Shabaab which once controlled large swarth of land in southern including the capital was defeated by Somali forces and AU troops.

The group now controls few towns and villages in remote areas.

Its fighters carry out hit and run attack on the military bases in the south and central Somalia.