17 Al Shabaab militants have been killed by allied forces in an offensive on the Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab towards recapturing territory.
The deputy commissioner of Bay regional administration for security said Southwest army made gains against Al-Shabaab following battle in the region after recapturing the region.
The fighting erupted after SouthWest state troops supported by Somali national army launched a joint offensive on Al-Shabaab near Qansah Dheere town in the southern Bay region of Somalia.
The security forces are said to have inflicted heavy casualties on the militants in the combat between the allied troops and the jihadists.
The regional official said the coalition forces overpowered the Al-Shabaab fighters during the skirmish and inflicted them heavy casualties.