Several soldiers are feared dead after al-Shabaab militants attacked military bases belonging to Somali and African Union forces near Jalalaqsi town in Hiiraan region.

Abukar Mohamed Ali (Gaab), the commissioner of Jalalaqsi said the attack began with mortar shelling, and followed by a direct gunfight broke out between the two sides.

Ali stated that the allied forces managed to successfully repulse the attackers and remained in control of their bases. He declined to comment of the casualties of the troops.

The number of those killed during the assault is yet to be disclosed by both AMISOM and the Somali government.

Al shabaab has claimed responsibility for Today’s attack on Somali and AU forces’ bases, but did not give further details of the fatalities.