Somali troops seize militants with AK-47s in operation
MOGADISHU – Somali military forces have captured two Al Shabaab militants armed with AK-47s during operation in Dinsor town of southern Somalia’s Bay region.
The two suspected militants were detained and displayed in Yaq Barawe area near the town, according to a military official.
He says the two Al Shabaab fighters were taken alive after an operation was carried out around Al Shabaab targets.
There was no immediate comment from Al Shabaab over the claims.
The group was driven out of Somali capital, Mogadishu in 2011, after a joint operation by country’s army forces backed by African Union troops.
The rebel group also carried out similar attacks in the capital, leaving dozens dead.
The militant group, founded in 2006, wants to impose a strict version of Islamic law and is fighting to overthrow the Western-backed government in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group used to control most major cities and towns in southern and central Somalia but a UN-mandated African Union peacekeeping force has pushed them out of those areas of the war-ravaged nation.