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Hiiraan governor says hundreds of Al Shabaab militants cross into Ethiopia

Monday July 25, 2022

Mogadishu (HOL) - The governor of Somalia's Hiiraan region, Ali Jeyte Osman, said that 200 of Al-Shabaab militants crossed the border of the region share with the Somali regional state of Ethiopia on Sunday.

"When we asked the residents, they told us that about 200 men of Al-Shabaab fighters are crossed the border into the Somali region in Ethiopia," Ali Jeyte Osman said in an interview with BBC Somali.

He added that the security forces of the Somali regional state of Ethiopia and the Somali government would cooperate in the fight against Al-Shabaab.

It is the second time the al-Qaeda-linked armed group al Shabaab attacked Ethiopia from the Somali border in a week.

Authorities in the Ethiopian region of Somali on Saturday said they had "destroyed" fighters from the Al-Shabab Islamist group in a rare militant incursion from neighbouring Somalia.

In a statement, Somali's state communication bureau said an armed Al-Shabab group that crossed into the southeastern region on Tuesday "was surrounded in a sub-locality called Hulhul and completely destroyed."

A three-day operation left more than 100 members of the militant group dead and destroyed 13 vehicles, it added.


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