Al-Shabaab militants have attacked a checkpoint manned by Somali government forces in Janale area of Lower Shabelle region, sparking a gun battle.
Residents in Janale area said they heard gunshots fired by both sides, causing various casualties.
Reports say that one Somali government soldier was wounded in the fighting.
Government officials have said that the two sides have resisted attacks from the Al-Shabaab, and inflicted heavy casualties.
The latest reports from Janale indicate that the situation is calm and the flow of people and businesses is functioning normally.