49 al-Shabaab fighters were killed in a military operation
Somalia’s government said on Wednesday that 49 al-Shabaab militants had been killed in a military operation in the Lower Shabelle region, the latest development in a month-long campaign aimed at seizing areas long controlled by the militant group became.
Al-Shabaab, linked to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for two car bombings that killed at least 120 people in the capital Mogadishu in October.
Officials say the militia’s restrictions on international aid have exacerbated the effects of the worst drought in four decades, pushing the country to the brink of famine.
Government forces, backed by clan militias and at times African Union forces, have made a series of field gains against al-Shabaab over the past three months.
The Information Ministry said in a statement that Somali special forces, in cooperation with the intelligence service and “international security partners”, destroyed several military vehicles and a weapons cache in a village in the Lower Shabelle region on Tuesday evening.
Somalia’s Prime Minister Hamzah Abdi Barre said in a statement today, Wednesday, that government forces have been fighting the rebels for the past three months as part of Somalia’s “military, economic and ideological” war.
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