20 al-Shabaab terrorists dead in Somalia army operation
Senior al-Shabaab commanders among those killed in Lower Shabelle region, says military chief
At least 20 al-Shabaab terrorists were killed in a military operation in Somalia’s southern Lower Shabelle region, the army said on Thursday.
Gen. Odawa Yusuf Rageh, the chief of Somalia’s army, told a military-run radio service that senior commanders of the terror group, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, were among the dead.
A military official in the region told Anadolu Agency the operation was launched after intelligence was received that al-Shabaab terrorists were hiding out in villages close to Qoryoley and Janale towns.
He said several soldiers were also wounded in the operation.
Janale, a strategically important agricultural town some 95 kilometers (59 miles) southwest of the capital Mogadishu, was liberated from al-Shabaab following a military offensive in 2020.