30 March 2012 Last updated at 09:51 ET
Somali Islamists 'lose Deynile airport' near Mogadishu
Al-Shabab recruits walk down a street on 5 March 2012 in Deynile to the west of Mogadishu Deynile gave al-Shabab access to central Mogadishu and the towns of Afgoye and Balad
African Union troops in Somalia say they have seized a key militant area, including a airstrip and hospital, on the outskirts of the capital.
Islamist fighters have launched frequent attacks on Mogadishu from bases in Deynile to the west.
But an al-Shabab spokesman said it was a "failed offensive" and the group still held the area.