Abdi Dahir Gure, Bula-burte District Commissioner, confirmed the incident, saying a father and mother including their four children were among those killed in the latest landmine attack by al-Shabab militants.
Mr. Olweny said soldiers in the African Union peacekeeping mission, known as Amisom, had killed 30 Shabab militants during the attacks. "Our fighters also attacked five other bases", Mus'ab said.
The attacks began on Sunday morning when two vehicle bombs exploded outside the African Union base in the town of Bulo Mareer, 100 miles southwest of Mogadishu, according to Abdifatah Haji Abdulle, the deputy commissioner of Lower Shabelle.
The phone of the spokesman for the AMISOM force based in Mogadishu was switched off on Sunday and Reuters was unable to reach any other officials from the force for comment.
"That attack was repulsed but several soldiers have lost their lives to the bomb", said Hassan.
He said the militant attack was launched in retaliation for a raid by AU forces on militant positions the day before.
Africom said it assessed no civilians were killed in the strike.
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"Then a large number of Al Shabab fighters began firing from under the trees", Mr. Osman told Reuters.
The militants controlled Mogadishu between 2007 and 2011, when they were driven out of the capital with help from AU troops.