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7 Somali Soldiers, 15 Al-Shabab Fighters Killed in Attacts and US Air Strikes

March 24, 2020


Somali armi soldiers, March 21, 2020 Members of Somali Al-Shabaab organization, file, March 21, 2020


Somali army repels Al-Shabaab attack in southern regions

Radio Shabelle, March 24, 2020

SNA’s 60th division Gen Mohamed Sheikh Abdullahi announced that the Somali army has managed to repulse an attack by Al-Shabaab against government-controlled areas in Bay and Bakol regions.

Abdullahi added that they had prior information about the imminent offensive and subsequently the SNA troops have successfully fended off the attackers before reaching their targets.

He stated Al-Shabaab was plotting simultaneous attacks on SNA military bases in Buur-Eyl, Walaga and Hawal-Barbar villages in Bay and Bakol region, located south of Somalia.

Separately, Al-Shabaab killed 7 soldiers in an IED attack on a military convoy in the outskirts of Janaale town on Monday and raided SNA and AU bases with mortars.

Afgoye police chief killed in roadside bomb outside Mogadishu

Radio Shabelle, March 23, 2020

Abdikadir Osman Mursal, the police chief in Afgoye town, Lower Shabelle Region, has been killed after his vehicle triggered a roadside bomb outside the town yesterday.

The vehicle was hit while passing Lafole, killing the police official and three of his security guards.

The attack was claimed by the Al-Shabaab militant group, according to reports published by the group’s propaganda websites.

Using hit teams and remotely controlled explosive devises, Al-Shabaab has been carrying out a campaign of endless assassinations targeting government and security officials across the country.

U.S. airstrikes kill 15 al-Shabab militants in Somalia

Radio Shabelle, March 21, 2020

The U.S. military confirmed Saturday that more than 15 al-Shabab militants were killed in airstrikes in southern Somalia this week.

The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) spokesman Karl Wiest said no civilians were injured or killed as a result of five airstrikes which were carried out in coordination with Somali security forces near Janale on Monday and Tuesday.

The command currently assesses these airstrikes resulted in the deaths of over 15 al-Shabab militants, Wiest said in a statement.

Janale town that lies about 90km south-west of Mogadishu had been the hub for militants’ operations and activities. Now, the town with about 30,000 people is currently under the full control of the joint forces — African Union Mission in Somalia and Somali National Army.

Al-Shabaab members reportedly killed in SNA operation

Radio Shabelle, March 21, 2020 292

Somali commandos have foiled suicide attacks following security operations on the outskirts of Kismayo town.

The forces seized two lorries laden with improvised explosive devices near Bulo-gaduud village, according to Ismail Abdimalik, the commander of the 16th division of Somali commandos.

Speaking to the media, Abdimalik said the forces succeeded to wrest the two vehicles which purportedly heading Kismayo town.

“The vehicles were intercepted following a tip-off and there is no alarm, we have also cleared the way from al-Shabaab,” he said.

The commander noted that during the operations, the forces killed several Al-Shabaab fighters following the confrontation.

It is not clear if the drivers of the vehicles were captured.

Somali forces have recently stepped up operations against al-Shabaab fighters in Lower Jubba and Shabelle regions.

Dozens of al-Shabaab fighters were eliminated during operations by Somali and African Union Mission In Somalia (AMISOM) in these regions.

Al-Shabaab lost control of many towns in the south and central Somalia after their fighters were defeated in battlefields.

The group opted hit and run tactics to attack forces while they use IEDs in the major towns of the country.

SNA troops carry out an operation in Middle Shabelle region

Radio Shabelle, March 22, 2020

Somali army along with HirShabelle state forces have conducted a joint operation against Al-Shabaab in the rural areas between Jowhar and Bal’ad in the Middle Shabelle region.

The allied troops have managed to clear and secure the road that links the two major towns that witnessed deadly attacks by Al-Shabaab in the past.

Senior regional officials and lawmakers were killed in the ambush attacks on Jowhar-Bal’ad that forced HirShabelle officials to use airplanes to reach Jowhar, the state’s capital.

The Somali government has deployed troops to the region who are partnering AU forces in the fight against Al-Shabaab and in efforts to restore stability in the main highway.

Al-Shabaab, despite losing ground is still capable of staging attacks against AU and SNA base as well as car bombs on the main hotels and government installations in Mogadishu. 


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