An unknown number of people are feared dead following an al-Shabaab attack on Somali forces at Afgoye town, some 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the capital Mogadishu.

Initial reports indicated that the militants first detonated a bomb before a fierce small arms gunfire battle with U.S.-trained special forces.

Abdirizak Mohamed, the former minister of internal security and a current MP, said in a statement that “the SNA (Somali National Army) were ambushed at Bululu village approximately 5 km from Afgoye district.”

Mohamed also said he was reported civilian casualties.

Al-Shabab was pushed back from the area, while two troops

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