Somali army launches operation on Al-Shabab strongholds


Somali National Army conducting security operations against Al-Shabaab. [Image: Courtesy]
MOGADISHU— Somali National Army (SNA) said Friday that its forces have launched defensive security operations against Al-Shabaab in Galgadud region in the central part of the Horn of Africa nation, local media reports.

The operation conducted in Mubarak village of Awdhigle district in the Lower Shabelle region destroyed Al-Shabab hideouts. The SNA also recovered materials for improvised explosive devices and military uniforms.

Somali National Television reported that the SNA troops from the 21st Division are advancing to Eel-lahelay, a key stronghold of the terrorists near El Buur district to flush out the militants behind insecurity in the region.

Following the military’s victory, Brigadier General Odowa Yusuf Rageh, Somali Army Chief promoted the officers ‘for showing exemplary courage in the face of deadly Al-Shabaab attacks.’

Last week, the military said it had killed more than 100 insurgents in Awdhegle and Bariire areas.

The SNA also announced on April 4, it had taken control over the Al-Shabaab strongholds in the south of Dhuusamerab: Sinadhaqo and Labi-Dulle, which were used by the militia to disrupt security operations.

Reportedly, over the years Somali National Army has been put on doubt by the public who say it has not delivered justice to Somali areas under the control of the militia. However, the ongoing operations are a sign of good faith and hope in the Country’s defense forces.