The attack by Al Shabaab militiamen on government offices and army checkpoints in Balad, a strategic city near Mogadishu, resulted in at least 15 deaths, including fourteen terrorists, on Tuesday.
The attack, which took place at dawn, led government spokesman Ismael Mujtar to a heavy weapon confrontation between Somali security forces and militiamen in this city, just 30 kilometers north of the Somali capital. Omar.
“The terrorists tried to take the city completely, but they paid a heavy price because our security forces in the city surpassed them and killed fourteen of them,” he told the DPA.
“The situation in the city of Balad is calm now. We lost one soldier while seven civilians were injured by stray bullets,” he said.