MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali Especial Forces backed by US troops carried out joint military offensive against Al Shabaab, killing dozens of militants during the operation.
The especial forces raided on Al Shabaab targets in Baladul Amin and Hanti Wadaag neighborhoods near Janalle town, some 91km away from Somali capital Mogadishu.
The coalition forces reportedly killed at least 85 Al Shabaab fighters during a night operation, according to Kulmiye, a local radio based in Mogadishu.
Kulmiye aired that 5 foreign Jihadists from Egypt, Tanzania and Mauritania, Yemen and Syria fighting alongside Al Shabaab were among those who were killed in the operation.
Here are the names of foreigners killed in Somalia
- Abu Hamsa Bin Sham from Egypt
- Aweys Abu Hamza from Tanzania
- Abuu Bilal Zubeyr from Mauritania
- Aden Xash Abuu Musiyan from Syria
- Feysal Bin Hayan from Yemen
Somali military officials were unavailable to reach on phone for comments on the latest operation against al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
There was no immediate comment from Al Shabaab over the claims.
The al Qaeda inspired group has lost major towns in south and central Somalia to African Union troops and Somali army forces following joint military operations.
The US sent about 50 of its especial troops to Somalia to assist country’s army forces in fighting against Al Shabaab.
The US has carried out six drone strikes against al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab in Somalia this year.
The air raids killed 65 militants, according separate statements by US Africom command.
The al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab has been fighting for more than ten years to topple the weak-western backed government of Somalia.