The deputy commissioner of Bay regional administration on the security said Southwest army made gains against Al-Shabaab following battle in the region.

The fighting erupted after Southwest state troops supported by Somali national army have launched a joint offensive on Al-Shabaab near Qansah Dheere town.

At least three people have been confirmed dead and four wounded in the combat between the allied troops and the Al-Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab militants.

The regional official said the coalition forces have overpowered the Al-Shabaab fighters during the skirmish and inflicted them heavy casualties.

However, there were no independent sources confirming the official’s claims.