A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said the skirmish flared up between two groups within the Somali army. The fighting was triggered by a dispute over the control of a checkpoint in Wanlaweyn town.
In a separate incident, two Somali government soldiers and three militants died midnight last night after Al-Shabaab attacked a Govt military base in Bulo Marer, a small town in the same Lower Shabelle region.
In addition, a senior Somali military officer has survived death after a grenade attack on his residence Afgoye town, 30 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu on Wednesday night. One bodyguard was injured.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the latest attacks in the region, which has recently seen an upsurge in U.S. airstrikes targeting the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab group.
On Tuesday, June 25, the United States military conducted a drone strike in the vicinity of Kunyo Barow district, killing at least one militant, a claim that Al-Shabaab has contradicted.