Islamist leader, 5 others killed in Somalia fighting
Somali military says it has launched joint offensive against targets held by Al Shabaab group in southwest of Somalia, killing senior leader and five other fighters.
The attack happened in Ufurow area, after Somalia forces and regional troops conducted operation, a military officer, who asked to be anonymous said.
He says six heavily armed fighters had been killed in the latest operation.
A group’s commander, whose name identified as Mo’alim Derow was among those were killed in the military opertaion.
Mo’alim was reportedly in charge of Al Shabaab checkpoints linking Bay and Bakool regions in southwest of Somalia.
There was no immediate comment from Al Shabaab over the claims.
The group still holding large swathes of south of Somalia, where is believed to launch the attacks targeting Somali army and African Union forces’ bases.