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Somali army says foils attempted attack, destroys explosives-laden vehicle

Friday April 30, 2021

The Somali National Army (SNA) said its Danab special forces foiled an attempted attack on Friday by al-Shabab during a sting operation in the Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia.

In Jilib Marka, a village in Lower Shabelle, Danab commandos detonated a vehicle packed with explosives, which militants intended to use to carry out attacks in Mogadishu, Radio Mogadishu reported.

SNA officials told the state-owned radio station that the troops bumped on Shabab militants who were hiding in the opposite direction.

Al-Shabab, which controls some rural parts in southern and central Somalia, continues to carry out high-profile attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.

Government troops and partner forces have intensified operations against al-Shabab, which was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011.



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