Militants from the al-Shabab group, linked to the Al Qaeda terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia), have killed four local officials in the city of Mogadishu, the Xinhua news agency reported.
A counter offensive against the militants left at least 22 of the attackers dead, Brig.
Somali insurgent group al-Shabaab claimed that it had killed 59 Ugandan troops, but a Somali Security Ministry spokesman denied the claim.
Somali police said the gun battle broke out Sunday in the town of Bulomarer, 130 kilometers to the northwest of Mogadishu, after the militants detonated two auto bombs that hit two military vehicles belonging to the AU forces and the Somali army near the base. "They were repulsed, but all these attacks were to stop reinforcement".
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"We lost four of our comrades and six got injured", he added.
US African Command (Africom) has confirmed an attack against the town of el-Bur in central Somalia on Monday, saying that they'd targeted a vehicle, destroying it and killing five "al-Shabaab militants" in an airstrike.
Amisom has steadily pushed the Shabab out of major towns, but the group controls large sections of rural territory.
A UPDF soldier at Base Camp, the headquarters of the UPDF in Mogadishu on December 17, 2017.
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A police major stationed in a nearby town also said two vehicle bombs exploded outside the base before the al Shabaab fighters entered it.
In March 2017, Trump granted a request from the head of Africom to give commanders more authority to conduct airstrikes and raids against al-Shabaab without high-level, interagency reviews. Al-Shabaab's casualty figures are often different from those issued by Somali officials.
Somalia has been mired in civil war since 1991.
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