Fighting between al Shabaab fighters and collaboration of Somali government troops and African Union peacekeepers killed 24 people.
A regional official said Al Shabaab ambushed a convoy carrying troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, early today in the Bulamareer district of the Lower Shabelle region, about 140 km southwest of Mogadishu.
The casualty figure could not be independently verified.
The numbers al Shabaab and officials give usually differ.
Uganda’s defence ministry said its soldiers were part of the AMISOM convoy and an unspecified number of its soldiers had been killed. Al Shabaab wants to force out the peacekeepers, oust the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.