Somali Army Kill Over 100 Al-shabab Militants In Middle Shabelle, Recaptures Strategic Town Of El Dhere
The Somali government on Saturday announced that the country’s military has regained control of the strategic town of El Dhere from the al-Shabaab terrorist group.
In a press conference, Abdirahman Yusuf al-Adala, the deputy information minister, said that more than 100 al-Shabaab, including 12 of their commanders, were killed in the Middle Shabelle region in a military operation supported by local militias and international security partners.
He said the operation was followed by a similar military operation in the village of Bulo-Madino in the southwestern Lower Shabelle region in which more than 60 al-Shabaab terrorists were killed.
The government is engaged in an “all-out war” against the al-Shebab extremists.
The new strategy, in place since July, has already led to some gains in two regions in central Somalia.
Since 2007 that the al-Qaeda affiliated group has been fighting the government and trying to establish Islamic law in the country.
The new strategy unveiled by new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, seeks to combine military operations with ideological and economic measures.
On the military front, since September that the government has engaged the army and is also supporting clan militias in the fight against extremists.
On the ground, al-Shabab fighters have been carrying out a campaign of attacks against civilian targets in towns.
At the end of October, Somalia saw its deadliest attack since 2017, 121 were people killed and 333 injured in a double car bombing in the capital, Mogadishu.