BARDERE, Somalia – A senior commander of the Somali national army [SNA] died days after being seriously injured in an Al-Shabaab attack in the Gedo area, near the Kenyan border.
SNA officer’s vehicle struck an improvised explosive device [IED], suspected of having targeted a convoy of troops on the outskirts of the town of Bardère, according to his army colleagues.
Major Mohamed Dhere died on Monday while undergoing treatment, joining the growing list of security agents who died in the Al-Shabaab war. He was leading an operation to save his colleagues who had been besieged by Al-Shabaab militants.
In Gedo, Dhere is said to have helped to help the Somali National Army liberate several strategic towns and villages. His death becomes the first major casualty of a senior officer in the ranks of the Somali National Army this year.
The Gedo region has been battling the threat of Al-Shabaab for several years now, and in recent weeks the military has made significant progress. Kenya Defense Forces [KDF], the Somali National Army and Jubaland forces conducted operations in the area.
In addition, there is a huge presence of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces [ENDF] troops who played an important role in the fight against Al-Shabaab. The KDF team is in charge of sectors II and VI of AMISOM jurisdictions in this war-torn country.
Elsewhere, a landmine explosion outside Somali capital Mogadishu killed Garasbaley’s deputy security commissioner Ali Mohamed Moalim and a young activist and former journalist Abdirashid Dubad and their driver.
The militants are targeting government officials and army convoys traveling along the Mogadishu-Afgoye road with remote-controlled landmines.
In addition, the US military targeted Radio Andalus, an al-Shabaab outlet, in the last airstrike, which was the fourth this year. The airstrike was aimed at removing Al-Shabaab from the airwaves they used to broadcast propaganda.