Somalia’s Puntland forces raid on key areas held by Al Shabaab
MOGADISHU – Somalia’s northeastern Puntland state forces have carried out fresh security operation against Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab.
Puntland’s army chief, colonel Ayanle Farah Jam’a leading a first infantry division said its forces carried out the operation in Maraje,Togga Naara, Isha bod,Ceel unkud, and Balqoxle areas of Golis mountains in the region.
He says the militants fled into remove areas into the hills, adding that “we are pursuing them”.
The operation comes as Gollis turns into an area largely controlled by Al-Shabaab.
In June 2017, at least 48 people, mostly Puntland state soldiers were killed in bomb and gun attack claimed by Al Shabaab in the town of Af Urur.
The al Qaeda linked often launches attacks in Somali capital, Mogadishu and other regions controlling under Somali army and African Union troops.
The group wants to drive out African Union peacekeepers and topple the UN-backed government based in Mogadishu