Friday May 13, 2022
Somali security forces killed 17 al-Shabab terrorists and
wounded several others during security operations in the southern region on
Wednesday, officials said on Thursday.
The Somalia National Army (SNA) told Radio Mogadishu that
the security operation which was carried out by its special forces, Danab, also
saw nine of al-Shabab hideouts destroyed in southern and southwestern states.
"Seventeen al-Shabab terrorists were killed and nine of
their hideouts destroyed in special security operations carried out by SNA
commanders in Somalia's Jubaland and Southwest states in the past 24
hours," the radio reported.
The government forces have stepped up operation against
al-Shabab blamed for staging sporadic attacks targeting African Union and
government key bases including public places in Mogadishu and elsewhere across
The intensified operation also comes ahead of the
long-delayed presidential elections to be held in the capital, Mogadishu, on
Al-Shabab militants who have opposed the ongoing electoral
process have staged a series of attacks, targeting delegates in bid to disrupt
the electoral process