A Somali official says the government forces have repulsed an attack by Al Shabaab militants in Afgoye district in Lower Shabelle region on Saturday evening.
Confirming the incident to Radio Shabelle, Abdulkadir Osman Mursal, the commander of Afgoye district Police force said the overnight assault has inflicted casualties on civilians.
Mursal commended Somali security personnel for their quick response to counter an attack on the town, adding that Al Shabaab has suffered irretrievable losses during the gunbattle.
The head of Afgoye Police station sent his condolences to the families and friends of all those who suffered in the attack and wished a swift recovery for those injured.
Meanwhile, Al Shabaab has claimed of seizing briefly the control of the town from Somali forces following the raid which forces the local troops to retreat to Mogadishu.