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Somali forces capture four al-Shabab members, kill one leader


Sunday May 21, 2023

Mogadishu (HOL) - Somali government forces successfully apprehended four members of the notorious military insurgent group, al-Shabab, during a strategic operation in the small town of Towfiq, according to Somali National Television.

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Towfiq, which lies just 15 kilometres north of the Gal'ad district, became the stage for this significant maneuver on Saturday, a key part of a larger, ongoing offensive against the dangerous group. The operation wasn't without challenge, as an unexpected ambush by al-Shabab militants quickly turned into a chase, culminating in the detention of four group members.

Mahad Agadub, identified as the head of the Zakawat collection for multiple villages within the Galgadud region and a leading figure within al-Shabab, was among those targeted during the mission. In the ensuing chaos, Agadub attempted a desperate 3-kilometre escape. Unfortunately for him, the combination of a heart attack and a gunshot wound proved fatal.

The quartet of captured al-Shabab operatives is now in custody, set to face the full weight of justice for their involvement in extremist activities. 

Somalia's information ministry disclosed that a separate security sweep in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region eliminated at least 44 al-Shabaab fighters last week. The operation spearheaded by the national intelligence and security agency with support from Somalia's international partners near the outskirts of Kurtowarey, a small town.



 





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