KDF fight Al-Shabaab after attack on Somali National Army base

Al-Shabaab militants in Elasha Biyaha, Somalia, on February 13, 2012. The terroristss attacked a Somali National Army base in Elade on January 15, 2016. AFP FILE PHOTO | MOHAMMED ABDIWAHAB

Fierce fighting has erupted between Kenyan troops and Al-Shabaab in El-Adde, Somalia.

The Ministry of Defence in Nairobi said Al-Shabaab militants overran a Somali National Army (SNA) camp at 4am in El-Adde, triggering a counter-attack by the Kenya Defence Forces.

Military spokesman David Obonyo said the number of casualties is not known. The fighting was still going on by 10am Friday.

β€œAl-Shabaab attacked the SNA camp, which is in close proximity to [the] KDF camp at Elade. The SNA camp was overrun and KDF troops under Amisom counter-attacked in support of SNA. The fighting is still going on. KDF will provide more information once it becomes available,” he said.

According to Reuters, Al-Shabaab claimed it had killed soldiers, was in control of Ceel Cado and had captured armoured vehicles.

AFP stated that Somali army colonel Idris Ahmed said Al-Shabaab suicide commando blasted a way into the base.

"They launched an offensive on a military base at El-Adde and there was heavy fighting which caused casualties," Col Ahmed said.