Al-Shabab fighters ‘destroyed’ in Ethiopian invasion, Somali state media experiences

NAIROBI, KENYA – Authorities in Ethiopia’s Somali area mentioned Saturday they’d “destroyed” fighters from the Al-Shabab Islamist group in a uncommon militant incursion from neighboring Somalia.

Somalia’s state communications company mentioned in a press release that an armed Al-Shabab group that crossed into the southeastern area on Tuesday “was surrounded in a sub-locality called Hulhul and completely destroyed.”

A 3-day operation left greater than 100 members of the militant group useless and destroyed 13 automobiles, it added.

Authorities mentioned the armed group sought to go by way of El-Kere district within the Somali area, greater than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Somalia-Ethiopian border.

On Thursday, officers and residents within the Bakool area, on the border with neighboring Somalia, reported Al-Shabab assaults the day past towards bases internet hosting a particular Ethiopian police unit that helps shield the border.

Mohamed Malim, an area official in Somalia’s Hudur district, advised AFP on Thursday that “this was the heaviest fighting ever” across the cities of Ato and Yeed within the nation’s west.

“It continued for about six hours before the militants were repelled, there are dead and injured combatants from both sides, but we do not have the details so far,” he mentioned.

An Islamist group linked to al-Qaida, al-Shabab, has led an insurgency towards Somalia’s federal authorities for 15 years.

An African Union pressure of troopers from 5 international locations together with neighbors Ethiopia and Kenya has been supporting the federal government in its combat towards the rebels.

The motion has been pushed from Somalia’s fundamental city areas, together with the capital Mogadishu in 2011, however stays entrenched in massive elements of the countryside.

Attacks past Somalia’s borders are uncommon and have largely focused Kenya, most notably a bloody assault on Nairobi’s Westgate mall in 2013 that left 67 folks useless.

An assault at Garissa University in 2015 killed 148 folks and one other incident at a lodge complicated in Nairobi in 2019 left 21 useless.

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