Major Military Offensive against al-Shabaab begins in Middle Shabelle
The Somali Government has launched a major military offensive in Middle Shabelle targeting the militant group al-Shabaab which controls many rural parts of the region.
The Federal Government has sent more troops to the area to boost ongoing military operations conducted by the Somali National Army.
More officers of the Somali National Army (SNA) have been taken to Raga Elle, Adan Yabaal and Addale to top up the contingent of soldiers already in the region.
Senior leaders of the region, legislatures and interested community elders have also joined the frontlines in pursuit of the militants.
More troops are scheduled to arrive in Middle Shabelle as the war against al-Shabab intensifies.
The group retaliated, conducting coordinated attacks across the country following the renewed fight by the Somali Government.
On Friday, a top Somali police official and several of his guards were killed in a roadside bomb blast near the southern town of Balad.
The attack involved a landmine that targeted Mogadishu Police Commissioner Farhan Mohamoud Adan, better known as “Qarole,” near the Balad district, 35 kilometers north of Mogadishu.
On Monday, at least 30 people were killed and 36 others wounded in Beledweyne in the explosions of three car bombs.
The first car bomb struck the gate of Lama Galay, while another lorry loaded with explosives gained entry inside the compound, exploding right at the Centre.
A third car loaded with explosives targeted first responders at the scene, making the attack one of the deadliest in the town.
The group has recently been receiving heavy military offensive operations with the Somali government announcing the killing of a top Al-Shabaab operative in an air strike on Saturday. Abdullahi Yare, who had a $3.0-million bounty on his head, was killed in a joint air strike on Saturday by the Somali army and the US Africa Command.
Al-Shabaab has waged a war against the Somali Government for close to 15 years. The group was removed from Mogadishu in 2011 but still control many rural parts of central and Southern Somalia.