Al Shabaab seizes town from Govt troops, 15 killed
At least seven Somali government soldiers were killed, and 14 others wounded after Al shabaab militants staged a massive attack on Goofgaduud area on Sunday.
Goofgaduud which is a small village located some 30Km north of Baidoa city fell to Al shabaab fighters following fierce fighting with pro-government forces.
Pro-al shabaab media outlet reported militants attacked the area from four directions before capturing it. It said government forces suffered heavy losses.
Military officials who did want their names to published, told Radio Shabelle South-west state troops escaped from Goofgaduud after being overpowered.
Abdullahi Sheikh Mohamed, an army colonel in nearby town said Al shabaab lost 7-8 combatants in the intense clash in the area lasted for several hourss in the day.