20 al-Shabaab terrorists dead in Somalia army operation

Senior al-Shabaab commanders among those killed in Lower Shabelle region, says military chief

Mohammed Dhaysane   | 18.02.2021
20 al-Shabaab terrorists dead in Somalia army operation File Photo - Somalian security forces are seen at the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia on May 18, 2019.


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.

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