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Somali Security Forces Kill over 200 al Shabab militants in week-long operations

Thursday July 20, 2023

Mogadishu (HOL) - Somali security forces killed more than 200 al Shabab militants, including senior leaders, in week-long operations carried out in Jubbaland and Galmudug regional states, military officials said on Wednesday.

Ministry of Defense Spokesman, General Abdullahi Ali Aanod, stated that the joint operations, supported by international partners, took place on the 14th and 15th in the Weel Maaro area of Jubbaland region, where 100 militants were killed. Additionally, another operation in Ali Qura resulted in the deaths of 50 militants on Wednesday morning.

The spokesman added that another group of militants were killed in separate operations.

This marks the second time this year that the Somali government has announced the killing of over 200 militants. In March, Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism Daud Aweis reported that more than 200 al-Shabab fighters, including senior leaders, were killed in a three-day operation in Hirshabelle, Galmudug, and Jubaland states.

The government forces have escalated their attacks against al-Shabab since President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud declared an all-out war against the militants last year.