Al shabaab breifly takes town near Kenya border


Militants of al Shabaab ride on pick-up trucks after displaying their weapons on the outskirts of Mogadishu, December 8, 2008. The hardline Islamist insurgent group al Shabaab has taken control of a central Somali trading town after fighting that killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens of others, residents said. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA)

Hundreds of gun-toting Al shabaab fighters have briefly retaken control of El Wak town in Gedo region, near Somali border with Kenya following a deadly overnight raid, Military said.

According to senior Somali army officers in the region, who spoke to Radio Shabelle at least four SNA soldiers have been slightly wounded in the Al shabaab attack on El Wak city.

Somali government forces were pushed out the town following a fierce battle.

Al shabaab fighters pulled out of El Wak before Somali National Army forces backed by Kenyan military retook the town on Monday morning.