Somali military step up fighting against Al Shabaab
MOGADISHU – Somali military forces and African Union troops have intensified fighting against Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group battling to overthrow the Western-backed government – based in the capital, Mogadishu.
The coalition forces took control of key southern towns from al Shabaab, amid ongoing US strikes targeting major militant strongholds.
In statement, the military said 21 Al Shabaab militants were killed while 37 other fighters were also injured in an airstrike carried out in Janale, a town lies some 80km south of the capital Mogadishu.
“We have killed 21 militants in an airstrike targeting Al Shabaab training camp in Janale town”, country’s army radio quoting military said.
The bombing comes days after Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed the responsibility for On Wednesday’s suicide attack on a military base in Awdhegle town where at least nine soldiers were killed.
Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group in Somalia which the United States in 2008 designated as a foreign terrorist organization.
The group carried out similar attacks targeting key government buildings, hotels and other public gatherings, which left dozens dead.
Last month, at least 10 people, including the Mogadishu’s mayor were killed following a suicide bombing in July on a government office in the capital of Mogadishu.