MOGADISHU – Somali especial forces known as ‘DANAB’ have on Friday launched joint military operation against the major Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group’s stronghold near Jamame town.
The US-trained especial soldiers came under ambush attack by Al-Shabaab during the operation, according to Somalia’s Jubaland army chief, Aden Mohamud Ibrahim.
Ibrahim says the especial forces had killed at least 10 armed fighters belonging to Al-Shabaab group during military operation near the town.
He says the operation was meant to flush out the group’s fighters in Juba regions in south of Somalia.
There was no immediate comment from Al Shabaab over the military claims.
The Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab was pushed out of the Somali capital in 2011 — and subsequently other towns and cities — by soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia.
Somalia has been mired in violence and lawlessness since early 1990s when dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled.
Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia.