The attack on the military base kills 2 soldiers



At least two government forces were killed and two more wounded when al-Shabaab militants attacked a military base in southwest Somalia on Saturday, officials said.

The attack took place in the city of Daynunay, about 25 kilometers (16 miles) south of the city of Baidoa, the administrative capital of the southwestern state.

"On Saturday, fighters belonging to the al-Shabaab terrorist group attacked our base in Daynunay. I can confirm that two other soldiers were killed in the attack, "Ibrahim Khayre, a military officer in Baidoa, said by telephone.

Khayre said the military responded and killed at least four al-Shabaab militants.

According to local media reports, Somali government forces regained control of the military base after al-Shabaab militants initially overwhelmed.

The attack occurred when al-Shabaab lost significant ground in the Lower Shabelle region after Somali special forces supported by African Union peacekeepers in Somalia (AMISOM) launched a new offensive against the group in the area.

Separately, the Somali national army (SNA) stated in a Twitter post that they killed four al-Shabaab militants and wounded two others in Cel Salin, a small village in the Lower Shabelle region.

On August 4, Somali special forces, including units graduated from Turkey's largest overseas military base in the Somali capital, supported by AMISOM freed the strategic agricultural city of Awdhegle from al-Shabaab.

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