Somali special forces target al Shabab hub in north of Mogadishu
MOGADISHU –Somali special forces have conducted an operation, targeting key hub for the militant group al Shabaab in north of the capital, Mogadishu.
The US-trained special forces moved into Basra area where explosions could be heard, said, a police officer, who requested to be anonymous due to unauthorized to speak on the media.
He says the operation was conducted last night in Basra between Bal’ad and Afgoye towns, some 30km away from Mogadishu.
He added Busra is small area where Al-Shabaab militants are active.
He says unspecified number of militants were killed during the operation while scores of suspected al Shabaab fighters were also captured alive.
It is unclear if the U.S. special forces were also involved in the operation.
al Shabab, an al Qaeda linked affiliate has been fighting for more than ten years to topple the successive internationally-backed government of Somalia.
The militant group was ousted out of the capital, Mogadishu in 2011, by Somali army and African Union troops after joint military operations.
It also lost key towns in south and central regions to the country’s army forces backed by the African Union force in Somalia.
But, the group still holds large rural areas in the country where it launches its orchestrated attacks on the coalition forces’ bases and key installations in the capital, Mogadishu.