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Somali forces clash with al-Shabaab in Bay region
Sabahi Online
Sunday, August 05, 2012

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Somali troops defended Qansah Dhere in the Bay region from an al-Shabaab attack on Saturday (August 4th), Somalia's Garowe Online reported.

"This morning, al-Shabaab agents attacked the town of Qansah Dhere, and truthfully this was a big defeat for the group, as Somali forces fended off the attack," said Bay Governor Abdifatah Hasan Gesey.

Qansah Dhere Mayor Adan Abdi Adan said 13 al-Shabaab fighters and two Somali soldiers were killed in the confrontation.

Al-Shabaab media has called the episode a success, as its goal was to attack and retreat, Garowe reported.

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