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At least ten fighters were killed and ten others injured as the al-Shabaab insurgent group fought against the allied forces of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) and pro-government clan militias of Ras Kamboni in Hosingow village, 140 Kilometers west of Kismayo on Wednesday night, an official and resident said.
According to the TFG officials, the fighting began when al-Shabaab fighters launched hit and run attacks on allied forces bases. Both sides used heavy gunfire.
TFG spokesman in southern Somalia Mohamed Dahir Farah, stated that they killed at least ten al-Shabaab fighters and three government soldiers were injured.
“They launched a cowardly attack, but we suffered no major casualties on our side except three soldiers who had small injures. We inflicted heavy looses upon them and I think they will not come back here,” he told Somalia Report.
“The allied forces seized most of their weapons and their bodies are lying everywhere in the area,” he added.
Al-Shabaab Chairman in Lower and Middle Jubba regions, Sheikh Abukar Ali Aden, told a pro-al-Shabaab radio station in Kismayo that they had, “seized the enemy's bases in Hosingow after heavy fighting.”
“Our aim was to damage the capability of the enemy, and thanks to Allah, we destroyed their bases and killed many of them,” he said.
Senior Al-Shabaab Commander Killed, Kenya Claims
Meanwhile, Kenyan military spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir claimed that they killed 13 al-Shabaab fighters including top military official, Abu Yahya during the fighting in Dalayad village two days ago.
“The joint operation between Transitional Federal Government (TFG) soldiers and the Kenya Defense Forces on Tuesday might have killed one of Al Shabaab’s top commanders during a raid at Dalayad in the southern sector,” Chirchir said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Lower Juba region was a battle zone over the last two weeks after the Allied Forces of KDF, TFG and Ras Kamboni renewed their offensive against al-Shabaab and seized more than five districts and villages, as well as military camps where the insurgents used to train new fighters.