Al-Shabaab severely weakened financially and militarily

Efforts by security agencies to decimate and flash out al-Shabaab members and their sympathisers have been continuing and the group’s destruction has forced several high ranking members and leaders to surrender to the government.

Security agencies have thwarted several attacks by the blood-suckers mainly because of information provided by civilians. Several high ranking Shabaab were captured in the operations that followed. In addition, several other members and leaders of the blood-lust group also surrendered.

The number of Shabaab’s leaders and high ranking members defecting and surrendering to the government have exponentially increased the last few months with Bay and Gedo regions having the most defectors.

Military operations throughout the country saw the destruction of Shabaab bases and taxation centres and without any help from the government, armed groups comprised of livestock herders are decimating al-Shabaab throughout Lower Shabelle and Hiiran regions.

In the latest decimation, the Somali National Army (SNA) has killed 10 members of the blood-lust group in Qoryoley town after the group attacked SNA’s military base.
 

SNA thwarts Shabaab attack, kills 10 Shabaab fighters

 

Somali forces killed at least 10 al-Shabaab militants and injured several others in the Lower Shabelle region after the group attacked four districts in the region, local media said.


Ali Waal, a senior police officer in the town of Qoryooley, one the district attacked by al-Shabaab -- told media that the government forces killed at least 10 fighters after an attack on military base in the town.


”Al-Shabaab fighters had attacked our base in Qoryooley but we managed to overcome them and killed 10 of them,” Ali Waal said. Some of our soldiers were wounded during the attack, he added.


According to media reports, the group also attacked three other districts in the region but the casualties remained unknown. “Heavy combat erupts in Lower Shabelle region after Al-Shabaab attacked SNA [Somali National Army] bases in Qoryooley, Awdhegle, as well as in Barrire town area,” local radio reported.

Al-Shabaab spokesman suffers life threatening injuries


Al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Dhere is reported to have suffered life-threating injuries after his squadron of militants was overpowered by Somali National Army operation in Sham Village.


Ali Dhere was injured after al Shabaab attempted to retake the strategic towns and villages. Turkey-trained troops mounted offensives to drive off the militants from the agricultural areas of Southern Somalia.


At least 17 al Shabaab combatants were killed in the operation that has left the group in disarray seeing as the troops have been mounting attacks in al Shabaab’s backyard.

Ali Dhere has been the face of al Shabaab and especially their propaganda and as such his injuries will set back the group who have been cowering from the pressure from Somali National Army and allied troops.

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