The Somali National Army (SNA) reported that its special unit killed 70 militants from the terrorist organization Al Shabaab and injured several others on Thursday near Jowhar, a town in the Middle Shabelle region in the south-east of the country.
Military spokesman Ali Hashi has confirmed that the army is still intervening in various areas of the region as part of a security operation against the group, fearing that it may take advantage of the current political instability in the country.
“We killed 70 Al-Shabaab fighters, including two high-ranking commanders, and wounded several others during an ongoing operation against terrorists near the city of Jowhar,” he said during statements collected by the agency’s Africa correspondent.
Hashi has reported no casualties on the Somali Army side, but unconfirmed reports suggest that some senior commanders were killed or seriously injured in the fighting.
The operation against Al Shabaab took place when Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble was on a one-day visit to the city of Jowhar to assess the humanitarian situation in the region.