Somalia’s military kills dozens of al-Shabab militants in assault

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The Somali military killed 61 al-Shabab militants in an ambush close to the city of Afgoye, about 30 km west of the capital Mogadishu, police confirmed on Thursday.

Sadik Adan, a police spokesman, stated 18 troopers have been killed after the rebels detained Somalia’s Nationwide Military (SNA) troops throughout their routine patrol in an space close to the city of Afgoye on Wednesday afternoon.

“A bunch of militants ambushed the SNA troopers who have been on their routine patrol close to Afgoye metropolis. The military fought exhausting and killed 61 militants. The SNA misplaced 18 of its troopers in ambush,” Adan advised Xinhua on the cellphone.

“The combating began round 5pm on Wednesday and ended at 3am on Thursday,” he stated, noting that the troopers have been combating exhausting however have been overwhelmed by a lot of al-Shabab attackers.

The newest incident is without doubt one of the deadliest assaults this yr by al-Shabab, which has intensified its assaults on the federal government and the African Union mission in Somalia bases over southern and central components of the Horn of Africa, carried out ambushes and planted landmines.