Al Shabab cliams to have killed Somali soldiers in the border town of Dhobley

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Al Qaeda affiliated militant group of Al Shabab overrun a base manned by security forces in the Somali border town of Dhobley under the control of Jubaland state and Kenyan troops on Saturday night.

The assault triggered a fierce gunfight between the assailants and members of Jubaland regional intelligence forces, which lasted for a period of several hours.

The militant group said its fighters had carried out the attack, claiming to have overrun the base, killing a number of soldiers and seizing weapons.

Troops stationed inside the targeted military camp had been relocated from the coastal town of Kismayo in an attempt to ramp up security in the town of Dhobley on the border with Kenya amid surge of insurgency raids.

Regional authorities have not immediately commented on the casualties as the result of overnight raid.

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