Al Shabaab briefly seizes Somali town after attack

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Al Shabaab fighters took over a key Somali military base in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia following an overnight attack, reports said.

Somali army soldiers vacated Muri town, after facing a daring midnight gun attack from Al Shabaab militants. The raid inflicted heavy losses on both sides.

A resident who did not want to be named, told IdaleNews.com over the phone that heavily armed Al Shabaab militants seized briefly the city before retreating.

The militants have set a blaze on several houses accommodated Somali military commanders and abducted three villagers during the seizure of Muri town.

The whereabouts of the abducted residents and tehir location is not clear.

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