MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali army forces backed by African Union troops carried out an airstrike targeting al Shabaab base in Awdhegle town in Lower Shabelle region, some 110km southwest of the capital, Mogadishu.
The strike killed 20 militants, including senior commanders, said in a statement released by the country’s military on Sunday.
A senior commander, identified as Hassan Jirow, was among those who were killed in the airstrike, the memo reads.
The armed group al Shabaab has carried out similar attacks targeting army bases in south and central Somalia.
Last week, the militants killed 23 soldiers in massive attack started with a suicide explosion at army camp near Marka town, some 91km southwest of the capital, Mogadishu.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.