MOGADISHU – Somali Special Forces have conducted mine clearance operation, a day after Al Shabaab was driven out of Awdhegle town, some 75km in the south of Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The mine-clearing operation comes after the military forces retook control of the town from Al Shabaab on Tuesday without firing a single shot, according to the deputy governor of Lower Shabelle the region, Abdifatah Haji Abdulle.
Abdulle says the military’s mine experts had successfully removed IEDs and unexploded ordnance that was laid along roads of the town.
“We are still continuing mine clearing”, he said.
He added the communities in Awdhegle town are still facing threats from landmines, IEDs, and unexploded ordnance which Al Shabaab laid along the roads.
Somalia has a long history of armed conflict, resulting in high levels of contamination from mines and other explosive remnants of war.