Somalia: Government Forces Successfully Counter Al-Shabaab Militants – Minister Reports
In a recent crackdown in central Somalia, the Somali National Army (SNA) successfully neutralized at least 25 Al-Shabaab militants, while also causing injuries to numerous others.
The operation was carried out by special commandos in the villages of Bulo Burde and Mukayle, following President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s visit to assess the progress of the fight against the violent extremist group.
Deputy Minister of Information, Abdirahman Yusuf Adala, stated that during the operation, the army destroyed 16 vehicles that the militants were using to prepare explosives in a large garage in the area. The Somali National Army received support from regional troops and foreign forces, leading to significant achievements.
Despite HirShabelle President Ali Gudlawe Hussein’s decision to remove former Hiiraan regional Governor Ali Jeyte Osman, who played a pivotal role in flushing out Al-Shabaab militants during the initial phase, the government remains committed to completing the first phase and launching the second phase of the war against the group.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud emphasized that Al-Shabaab can be defeated. The upcoming operations will primarily focus on Jubaland and Southwest states, but HirShabelle and Galmadug states will be thoroughly combed first, as Al-Shabaab suffered major defeats during the initial phase.