Somalia: Al-Shabaab suffers losses in latest military crackdown

Somalia: Al-Shabaab suffers losses in latest military crackdown

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Al-Shabaab militants suffered massive losses in Lower Shabelle on Wednesday, the government reported, in the latest crackdown carried out by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who has declared war on the group that has been terrorizing innocent civilians.

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The group has been under siege in the interior of the country, particularly in central and southern Somalia, relinquishing control of several strategic towns where it has blackmailed the local population in addition to instilling their authority by offering services at the expense of the Somali government.

According to the Ministry of Information, over 49 militants were killed after an airstrike in Lower Shabelle, following an operation by the Somali National Army [SNA] which was assisted by the local militia and international partners. The United States has contributed to efforts to degrade the militants.

The airstrike was activated by US Africa Command, which was supporting Danab’s special forces, according to the government. The command has yet to confirm the airstrike, but will do so after verifying the losses in order to make a proper tabulation for record purposes.

“The militants were killed in the Bulo Madina area, where they had gathered to plan terrorist activities against the Somali people,” read the statement from the information ministry, which did not delve much into details pending confirmation from the US Africa Command.

The operation also successfully destroyed the group’s armor and armored vehicles used by the militants to carry out their terrorist activities. This comes after Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre reported that over the past three months, over 500 al-Shabaab militants have been killed across the country.

Hamza Barre further said the crackdown has left nearly 1,000 al-Shabaab militants badly wounded as the government seeks to stamp authority in strategic villages. Those al-Shabaab militants who are willing to defect are always accommodated by the government as they go through rehabilitation.

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