MOGADISHU – Somali military says its forces will step up fighting to flush out of the remnants of Al Shabaab militants after security meeting was held in Dhusamareb town of central Somalia.
Speaking to journalists, commander of the 21st division of the Armed Forces, Abdiasis Abdullahi Abdi says the meeting was discussed on ways to root out of the al Qaeda linked group.
He says the new joint military operation would be carried out in the towns held by the militant group in Mudug and Galgadud regions.
Al Shabaab, the deadliest Islamic organization in Africa declared their allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2010.
The militant group was driven out of Mogadishu capital in 2011, and have since lost many strongholds to Somali army and African Union troops
The al Qaeda linked group still holds large rural swathes of the country and continue to wage a guerilla war against the Western-backed government of Somalia.