Friday, September 16, 2016

Senior Al-Shabaab commander killed in southern Somalia

MOGADISHU, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), alongside the Somalia National Army (SNA), have killed a senior commander of the Al-Shabaab Islamist group during an operation in southern Somalia.

AMISOM force spokesperson, Joe Kibet, told Xinhua on Friday that Mohamed Hassan, the Al-Shabaab commander for Awdhegle town, was killed on Thursday evening.

"AMISOM forces together with SNA carried out operation in Awdhegle town on Thursday evening where they killed chief commander of Al-Shabaab for the town, injured others and recovered weapons," Kibet said.

Kibet didn't reveal if there were casualties on the joint forces which have stepped up their fight against Al-Shabaab militants who stage frequent attacks in the Horn of Africa nation.

Kibet said the joint forces were ready to conduct more operations against Al-Shabaab militants in the south and central regions of Somalia.

Al-Shabaab has been battling the Somali government and still controls some areas of southern Somalia.