BBC World Service
Military officials in Somalia say at least 10 soldiers have been killed during an operation against al-Shabab militants 30km (18 miles) north-west of the capital, Mogadishu.
An army spokesman said the clash took place in Afgoye district. Four militants were reportedly also killed.
Al-Shabab also issued a statement claiming that 24 soldiers died in the encounter.
The militant group have been trying for 12 years to oust Somalia’s internationally recognised central government and establish its own rule, based on its strict interpretation of Islamic law.