Al-Shabaab clash with Ethiopian troops

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ethiopian_armyAbout 10 people are believed to have been killed in clashes between  Ethiopian troops and al-Shabaab insurgents in the Somali city of  Beledweyn, officials say.

The fighting began after al-Shabaab fighters opened fire on residents of a small town on the outskirts of the city, Shabelle Media Network  reported Thursday.

Ethiopian troops quickly arrived, causing the insurgents to retreat,  said Isaq Ali Abdulle, commander of government forces in the region.

Government forces secured the area, but not before the militants caused more damage to property, Abdulle said