"The SNA thwarted the attack and dispersed the militants... Three SNA soldiers sustained injuries during the operation," the Information Ministry said, adding that SNA forces backed by the international partners inflicted heavy casualties on the militants during the operations.
For several hours, the Masagaway area, which is in the Galgudud region of central Somalia, has been the scene of a fierce battle between federal government forces and Al-Shabaab militants, local outlet HBN Online reported.
"The battle came after Al-Shabaab ambushed Eritrean-trained government forces, which were recently deployed in the area. The attack began with explosions," it added.
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