Somali army kills 15 al-Shabab militants in southern region


MOGADISHU, May 28 (Xinhua) — Somali National Army (SNA) told the military radio that its forces killed 15 al-Shabab militants and injured 20 others during a security operation in Middle Shabelle region in the southern part of the country on Friday.

SNA chief Odowaa Yusuf Rageh said that the operations which were conducted in Gallabashiir and Wardhagax villages also saw the forces destroy al-Shabab bases and recover some weapons.

Rageh said the troops who have intensified military operations in the Middle Shabelle region since last week opened fire on al-Shabab’s weapons and ammunitions base, inflicting heavy losses on the extremist group.

The government forces have intensified operations against al-Shabab extremists in southern and central regions where the militants are still in control of strongholds in the rural areas, conducting ambushes and planting landmines.