A clash between al-Shabab militants, and Somali soldiers backed by civilians left dozens dead this week, the Ministry of Information said Tuesday.

The ministry told newsalertafrica that militants attacked a military base in the central town of Ba’adweyene on Monday morning, killing four soldiers and 11 civilians who took part in the battle.

Information Minister Osman Dubbe said government forces killed 51 al-Shabab militants in the fight, including the mastermind of the attack.

“Al-Shabab defeat in yesterday’s attack in Ba’adweyene is a clear example of how the people who stand by the army can easily stop the attacks and plots of the enemy against the Somali nation, ” Dubbe said.

Al-Shabab said it killed 53 troops in the attack and seized military vehicles. The group posted photos online of weapons it said it seized.