At least 11 government soldiers were killed, and three others wounded in a heavy fighting between Al shabaab fighters and Somali troops in Bakool region, south west of Somalia.
Al shabaab claimed it killed 11 soldiers in the combat which erupted when Somali federal government forces attacked militants in Dhuraay area located in the outskirts of Wajid town.
The Al Qaeda-linked militants said they seized 9 AK-47 riffles during the clashes with SNA.
However, Somali military has denied the Al shabaab claims of killing at least 11 SNA force members in the battle. There was no independent sources in the area confirming the casualties.