Somali Army Takes Out 49 Al Shabab Militants

Somali forces regain territory from jihadist group Al Shabab

The Somali Army reportedly successfully completed a military operation against a jihadist group Al Shabab in Dhagahow, Middle Shabelle region, according to the Defense Ministry spokesman, General Abdullahi Ali Anod. Weapons and double anti-aircraft gun were recovered in the process.

Later, the forces regained control of strategic locations in the Galgudug and Mudug regions, in the central state of Galmudug, and Defense Minister Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur declared it “a victory for the Somalis.”

Al Shabab, a group associated with Al Qaeda since 2012, have been increasingly active in recent months with two simultaneous suicide attacks on January 4 in the city of Mahas leaving 36 dead and car bombs directed against the Somali Ministry of Education in Mogadishu that caused the death of at least 120 people on October 29.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced “total war” against Al Shabab in August and declared his intentions to eliminate them by 2023. The country has been in a state of war and chaos since 1991 and has been subjected to numerous terrorist attacks.

The Somali forces seem to be making headway in protecting the citizens from the jihadist group, however, a complete elimination of Al Shabab may take longer than announced.

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