MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali special forces have carried out a military offensive against Al Shabaab targets in the southern region of Middle Juba
The operation was carried out in Bu’alle and Jamame towns, major al Shabaab strongholds in the region, said military officials, adding heavy casualties inflicted upon the militants.
The military said several militants were killed while scores injured in the latest operations.
Meanwhile, a suspected US drone also launched an airstrike against the militants in the region.
It is unclear how many were killed in the bombing.
There was no immediate comment from the rebel group over the claims.
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.