Terrorists belonging to Somali militant group al Shabaab stormed an army base near the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, looted it for weapons and then withdrew.
The assault began when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into the base in El Salini, 60 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu, al Shabaab said.
A major in the Somali military said the military has sustained some casualties, without giving details. He said the army had received reinforcements and was back in control of the base.
Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the assault and said they had killed 23 soldiers.
Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia’s central government which is defended by the African Union (AU)-mandated peacekeepers.
The militants were driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 and have since lost most of their other strongholds, but still carry out frequent attacks across Somalia. They have also orchestrated assaults outside of Somalia, mostly in neighboring Kenya.