Thursday February 18, 2021
At least 20 al-Shabaab terrorists were killed in a military operation in Somalia’s southern Lower Shabelle region, the army said on Thursday.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.
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.
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.