MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali army forces have freed 20 people held by Al-Shabaab after an operation carried out north of Kismayo, some 500km south of the capital, Mogadishu.
The rescue operation was executed in villages within the vicinity of Yontoy, north of the coastal town of Kismayo last week, a military official, who asked to be anonymous, said.
Troops evacuated the freed detainees on a truck, shortly after the rescue operation.
There was no immediate comment from Al Shabaab.
Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group, which carried out similar attacks, leaving dozens dead.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.