Somalia’s Operation Successfully Eliminates Al-Shabaab’s Extensive Bomb-Making Site

Somalia's Operation Successfully Eliminates Al-shabaab's Extensive Bomb-making Site

Somalia: Extremist group Al-Shabaab suffers major blow in successful operation

The militant group Al-Shabaab faced a significant setback on Monday as the Somali National Army (SNA) and international forces joined hands to eliminate and defeat the dominant extremists spread across Somalia. In a coordinated effort, the SNA, supported by the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and the US Africa Command, successfully destroyed Al-Shabaab bases in the villages of Mukayle and Bulo Burde.

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Until recently, Al-Shabaab had maintained control over these two strategically significant villages, as they continue to exert influence over vast rural areas in central and southern Somalia. However, the military’s coordinated operations have compelled the militants to relinquish substantial ground. During the raid, a large garage where explosives were stored was seized, and four buses rigged with explosives were destroyed. Although the exact number is yet to be confirmed, several militants were reportedly killed during the operation.

The national army, in collaboration with international partners, has now launched the final phase of operations against Al-Shabaab in the Galmadug and HirShabelle states. Known as the Black Lion Mission, this operation aims to thoroughly sweep the region before shifting attention to the second phase of operations in Jubaland and Southwest states.

According to the government, the first phase of operations resulted in the elimination of approximately 3,000 Al-Shabaab militants in central Somalia, with numerous others injured. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud emphasizes the importance of liberating all parts of the country from the extremists.

Local residents have also actively joined the fight against Al-Shabaab after a brief halt due to disputes between HirShabelle President Ali Gudlawe Hussein and former Hiiraan Governor Ali Jeyte Osman, who was prematurely removed from office. Osman was key to clan mobilization efforts.

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