Southern Somalia witnesses a jaw-dropping disarray as Al-Shabaab reportedly suffers a substantial number of fatalities amongst its fighters
The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militants have been hit hard by a recent crackdown undertaken by the Somali National Army (SNA) with support from foreign partners. The latest operation has resulted in loss of life and injuries for the group. The militants suffered catastrophic failure as the joint operation within Lower Shabelle left 19 of their fighters dead while others were severely wounded. Reports indicate that the assault took place on Saturday in the Bulo Mohamed Abdalla area of the Awdhegle District, following intelligence reports received from the National Intelligence and Security Agency. Citizens in the region deserve commendation for providing useful tips to the authorities.
Weapons and vehicles belonging to the Al-Shabaab were destroyed by the Somali army, as the militants were neutralized from all fronts. Meanwhile, the group has yet to issue a statement confirming their losses. Al-Shabaab is responsible for killing more than 54 soldiers associated with the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) recently. The group insists that over 137 soldiers were killed when they attacked the Bulo Marer Forward Operating Base manned by the Ugandan contingent.
Furthermore, recent days have seen militants carry out violent attacks against troops from the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) in Dolow town. However, the soldiers repelled the assault successfully. Al-Shabaab is growing increasingly bold in its actions with devastating attacks, such as the one at the Pearl Hotel in Mogadishu, taking the lives of 9 people, including six civilians and three military personnel.
Despite Al-Shabaab’s assaults, Somalia says it’s ready and willing to take the challenge of assuming security responsibilities, it is expected that Somali National Army will replace the 2,000 ATMIS soldiers withdrawn from the country by the end of the month in compliance with the Somali Transition Plan.