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The government claimed to have captured over 50 villages and killed hundreds of militants since the start of the decisive war in September, last month.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The government forces have taken control of a small but strategic village named Masjid-Ali Gadud after a fierce battle with Al-Shabaab on Saturday afternoon.
Al-Shabaab has been controlling the village which is located in the Middle Shabelle region bordering the capital, Mogadishu. The seizure deals yet again another blow to the militant group.
On Sunday, the troops resisted a counter-Al-Shabaab attack on their bases with the state media reporting that the militants were overpowered and several of them have been killed in the battle.
The former governor of Wadajir district in Banadir region, Ahmed Da''i, who is in the area said that the soldiers burned one car belonging to Al-Shabaab and killed a large number of fighters.
He did not mention the losses on their side. The battle began on Saturday at noon and ended at sunset after Al-Shabaab militants have been pushed back by the national army.
The SNA is backed by the Mudulood community defending the region from Al-Shabaab. This is part of an all-out offensive in the central regions against the Al-Qaeda-linked terror group.
The Somali government claimed to have captured over 50 villages and killed hundreds of militants since the start of the decisive war in September, last month.