Somali army announced today that it had launched a military operation against the strongholds of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab movement in Galmudug province in the center of the country.
In a statement, the army said that the operation was in cooperation with the popular resistance. Targeting the strongholds of the movement’s militants in the Ail Qansah area, the army said that its forces were able to destroy sites belonging to the movement’s members, arrest five of them, and confiscate a truck, military equipment and fuel.
The operation came hours after Somali army announced that it killed 18 Al-Shabaab militants after heavy fighting between the group fighters and Somali army and local forces in Masagawa town in Galgudud region.
Source: Qatar News Agency