Saturday May 13, 2023
FILE - NISA Officers in Mogadishu
Mogadishu (HOL) - The Somali National Intelligence and Security Forces, together with international partners, killed 44 Al-Shabaab militants in an operation in the Ali Fuuto area of Kurtun Waarey district, according to Somalia's Ministry of Information.
The sweep, which specifically targeted the trenches in Ali Fuuto, a known congregation point for militants, was the result of 12 months of meticulous planning by the National Intelligence Service (NISA). It resulted in the elimination of Al-Shabaab fighters and their leaders, as well as the destruction of their trenches.
This operation comes on the heels of a meeting of key figures
, including the commander of the multinational frontline coalition General Mohamed Ali Barise, and the Kenyan Ambassador to Somalia, Thomas Chepkuto, to accelerate operations against Al-Shabaab.
Five Al-Shabaab militants were killed in a separate operation in the Lower Shabelle region on Thursday.
Backed by clans and international allies, the Somali Army's second offensive hopes to push deeper into al-Shabaab's southern strongholds in Jubaland. Security experts expect Al-Shabaab is unlikely to continue its strategy to overrun forward bases to deny government forces advance posts to continue their offensive in the next six months.