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Somali forces destroy Alshabaab radio station in Lower Shabelle region
Tuesday February 13, 2018
Mogadishu (HOL) - An Al-Shabaab owned radio station was destroyed on Monday during an operation in Lower Shabelle region, a military official confirmed Tuesday.
SNA force commander, General, Abdullahi Ali Anod said the raid involved the Somali army and destroyed Radio Andulus.
" A well-coordinated operation against Al-Shabaab was carried out yesterday in Lower Shabelle, the forces destroyed Radio Andulus which was an Al-Shabaab broadcaster," said Anod.
Radio Andalus, widely known as Al-Shabab's official mouthpiece, is a radio station that broadcasts militant-jihadist propaganda across the region.
Despite a short interruption in 2012 when government forces captured the area, Radio Andalus has been broadcasting for years.
The move comes barely five days after president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo announced new air and ground offensives against Al-Shabaab.
Speaking to BBC Somali Service last week, Farmaajo said his administration will collaborate US government in the plans to execute new airstrikes against the group.
"We are planning to start a new offensive against Al-Shabaab. We have discussed with the U.S. government over the airstrikes against the group. We also talked about means to reduce collateral damages during U.S. air raids against militants," said President Farmajo.
Al-Shabaab which wants to overthrow the Somali government still controls a large swath land of remotes areas in central and South.
Last week, the Somali government has vowed to intensify offensives against Al-Shabaab, a year after President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo promised to get rid of the group during his election campaign for the presidency.
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