MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
said it has enhanced security operations in the restive Somali
capital and its environs to flush out al-Shabab militants as the
holy month of Ramadan ends later this week.
The AU mission said
Monday the security operations are being carried out in places
including Hawahabid, Lafoole, Afgoye, Albao and Lantabur in
south of Mogadishu to degrade the militants who have engaged the
Somali and allied forces in nearly daily attacks.
The operations came
after the extremist group launched an ambush at a military base
under the Somalia National Army (SNA) in Siinka Dheer in the
outskirts of Mogadishu on Sunday night.
The police did not
confirm the number of casualties on both sides but independent
sources said at least two soldiers were killed and some injured
in the fighting.
“There was heavy
gunfight between al-Shabab and SNA soldiers on Sunday night but
the soldiers overpowered them,” said a local security officer
who sought anonymity.
Both the Somali Army
and al-Shabab have did not comment on the latest assault that
targeted the SNA military base.
The latest attack
came after one U.S. special forces soldier was killed in an al-Shabab
attack in southwest Somalia on Friday.