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.

Al-Shabaab loses key towns in Lower Shabelle

The Somali National Army (SNA) is continuing to conduct military operations aimed at liberating areas in Lower Shabelle region still under the control of the murderous, blood-lust group al-Shabaab.

The military operations saw the liberation of key towns in the region, freeing civilians from the shackles of the terrorist group.

General Yussuf Rage Odawa, the commander of SNA’s infantry division told media that operations would continue until the last village is liberated from the shackles of al-Shabaab.

“We will surprise al-Shabaab with shock and awe attacks on every level and the armed forces are ready to kick out al-Shabaab from their last stronghold. There are major plans underway to clean out terrorists and restore peace and civility in Lower Shabeelle,” he said. 

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