The Somali National Army (SNA) thwarted an attack by members of Al-Shabaab movement, linked to Al-Qaeda, on the SNA base in Runir-god district in Middle Shabelle region.
The army managed to repel the attack and inflicted heavy losses on the movement's armed members who launched the attack, Somali news agency (SONNA) reported, without giving further details on the number of losses, explaining that the army thwarted the movement's attempts to control the area.
The Somali authorities had announced earlier that the ongoing military operations in the country have resulted in the killing of more than 3,000 Al-Shabaab members, and the wounding of 3,700 others.
About 70 towns and villages have been liberated during the military operations carried out by the army.
For more than a decade, the Somali forces have been fighting against Al-Shabaab movement's members, who have claimed responsibility for many attacks that killed hundreds of civilians and security personnel.