Al-Shabab militants neutralized during operation following devastating truck bombing in Somalia
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Somalia’s president met with United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, on Sunday.
The Somali government has reported that its forces successfully eliminated numerous al-Shabab militants just a day after a truck bomb claimed the lives of at least 10 people in the central town of Beledweyne.
According to Abdirahman Al-Adalah, the Deputy Information Minister, the Somali army, along with local militia, launched an attack on a militant encampment in Caad village located in Galmudug state.
The actual number of al-Shabab fighters killed has yet to be confirmed, as the group has not released any statements regarding the government’s assertions.
The government has also announced that its forces have regained control of villages previously held by the jihadists in the western Hiiraan region.
This development coincides with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s meeting with US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, in Djibouti, where they discussed strategies to combat the al-Qaeda-linked group that has been conducting an insurgency in Somalia for over 15 years.
In recent months, the Somali government has escalated its military operations against al-Shabab, although it has encountered significant challenges in its campaign in central Somalia.
Somalia receives military, humanitarian, and training support from the United States, whose armed forces also carry out airstrikes against al-Shabab to assist the Somali troops.
Mr. Austin is currently on a tour of three countries in Africa. He has already visited Djibouti, where he had discussions with President Ismail Omar Guelleh concerning regional security.
His next stop is Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, where he is scheduled to sign a defense agreement before concluding his tour in Angola.