Somali elite troops have retaken control of Al-Shabaab bases following an operation in Middle Shabelle region, officials said on Tuesday.

Muse Nur Shueyb, the deputy district commissioner of Bal’ad district on security affairs told the state-owned media that the troops raided seized villages under the control Al-Shabaab.

He stated that the forces engaged Al-Shabaab in brief gun battle during the liberation of Daniga, Barwaqo, Garas-weyn and Walamoy villages, all located outside Bal’ad town.

The Somali forces have also destroyed Al-Shabaab bases, according to the deputy DC.

Al-Shabaab which wants to overthrow the Western-backed Somali government based in Mogadishu as it wages fighting Somali and AMISOM forces since 2007.