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Somali, Ethiopian Forces Battle Al-Shabaab in Bay Region

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

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Somali government forces backed by Ethiopian troops clashed with al-Shabaab fighters in the Koronbod area of Bay region Saturday (August 31st), leaving at least seven dead and scores wounded, UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

The allied troops took control of al-Shabaab bases in the area after launching an attack on the militants late Saturday evening, Qansaxdhere District Commissioner Aden Ali Qoqone said.

Among the dead are at least five civilians, Somalia's Garowe Online reported.

Al-Shabaab claimed via Twitter that its fighters ambushed the Ethiopian convoy, killing nine Ethiopian soldiers and injuring more than 20. The militant group also said it raided Ethiopian bases in El Barde.

Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia troops also fought with al-Shabaab in the Yaqbarweyne village of Lower Shabelle, according to Somalia's Shabelle Media Network.

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