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Somali forces recapture strategic al-Shabab stronghold in central region


Tuesday September 12, 2023

Somali National Army (SNA) forces on Monday regained full control of the al-Shabab stronghold El Garas in the central state of Galgaduud, a government official said.

Abdirahman Yusuf Al-adala, deputy minister of information, culture and tourism, said Mohamed Mohamud Ahmed, a member of the Galmudug Parliament, and Abdullahi Ibrahim Shaiye, a member of the Dhusamareb Local Council, were killed and others wounded in a landmine blast in the area during the operation to liberate the area.

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"The removal of al-Shabab terrorists from El Garas Town is significant to the ongoing offensive operation against terrorists in the area. The army is currently conducting a clearance operation in the town," Al-adala told the Somali National News Agency.

Al-Shabab militants claimed responsibility for the latest attack but did not comment on the fall of their strategic location into government control.

The recapture of El Garas Town came a day after a deadly attack at a military base in Awdheegle Town in southern Somalia, where the SNA said it killed more than 20 al-Shabab militants.



 





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