Somali police say at least seven are dead after hours of clashes as Somali and African Union troops pushed back al-Shabab extremists from a town near Mogadishu. The attacks in Afgoye started when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a Somali police station and African Union base. Gunmen then attacked military bases.
Capt. Abdullahi Ali, a senior Somali military officer, says troops have now fully secured the town and the extremists have fled.
Police say two al-Shabab fighters and five Somali soldiers were killed. Al-Shabab claims its fighters killed more than 40 soldiers during the clashes in the town 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Mogadishu.
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Residents confirm that troops have recaptured the town, with hundreds of soldiers patrolling the streets.