Somalia: Somali special commandos along with US forces launched an attack on al-Shabaab base in Awdhegle town, near the Somali capital Mogadishu, it was revealed on Wednesday.
The coalition forces targeted two al-Shabaab checkpoints at which the extremists extort money from commercial vehicles, according to Somali military official, who asked to be anonymous.
He says the attack triggered a fierce fighting between US, Somali forces and al-Shabaab, killing several militants in the town.
Two airstrikes reportedly targeted an explosives-laden minibus that was prepared for a complex attack on an unspecified location. The airstrikes took place in southern town of Awdheegle in Lower Shabelle region, which is situated some 60Km away from Mogadishu.
There was no word from USAFRICOM over the latest attack in Somalia.
But, the Al Qaeda linked al-Shabaab group says its fighters had foiled air and ground attack on its base in west of Mogadishu.
al-Shabaab uses widespread extortion of businessmen and travelers to fund its high-profile attacks in major cities such as Mogadishu, collecting millions of dollars a year.