Al-Shabaab mortar fire kills three children from same family
The terror group has staged deadly attacks in Somalia and beyond borders, mainly in Kenya since the country sent troops to join AMISOM in 2012.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Al-Shabaab militants have carried out a daring attack in southern Somalia, the latest in a series of terrorist incidents in the long-chaotic Horn of Africa country.
Heavily armed militants on foot tried to storm the main police station in the Wajid district of the Bakol region, sparking an intense gunfight with Southwest regional troops in the area.
Local residents said the police received reinforcements from a nearby military base outside the town as they battle to fend off the attack. Both sides exchanged heavy and small arms.
The fighting raged on for about half-hour with the regional forces managed to push back the attackers who fled from the scene. Details of the casualties on both sides still remain sketchy.
Al-Shabaab which pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda in 2012 has been waging an insurgency in an attempt to oust the UN-backed weak Somali government which is protected by AU troops.
The terror group is posing threat to national security and the ongoing election in Somalia as it stepped up its attacks in the government-controlled areas, including the capital, Mogadishu.
The attack comes hours after the army’s 27th division carried out an operation against Al-Shabaab in the rural areas in the east and south of the Hiran region which is set to host elections.