On Wednesday, Somali military forces repulsed an attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists who were attempting to capture the Somali national army base in Daynuney, according to government reports.

Daynuney is a small town located 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Baidoa, the Bay region’s administrative capital. The town has frequently been a target of the terrorist group. For the past several years there have been attacks against it. Before Wednesday’s attack, the town had again been targeted a month ago.

During the pitched fighting, the government claimed to have killed 17 terrorists and wounded another 23. Eight Somali Army troops were killed, including a senior commander. A convoy of quick reaction forces coming to the aid of the base was hit by a roadside bomb, damaging vehicles and wounding several soldiers. 

Somali government forces have stepped up operations against al-Shabaab in the southern region of the country in recent months. They have kept the terrorist group pushed into the rural areas. However, al-Shabaab has continued to be active there, planting landmines, and conducting ambush operations against the military. 

Al-Shabaab acknowledged responsibility for the attack.

Somali government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Oronjo confirmed in Anadolu Agency in a telephone interview that an army commander was among those killed on Wednesday’s attack.

Mohamed Abdullahi, commander of SNA’s 60th Unit in a statement to the media said that al-Shabab militants attacked the base in Daynuney village, but the Somali Army forces defeated them and forced them back.

“The militants’ attempt to overrun the base was foiled as the army fought them bravely killing 17 of them including three senior officials and injuring 23 others,” Abdullahi said.