The Somali National Army with the support from African Union troops on Thursday dismantled an ambush position set up by the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab group in the Gedo region of Somalia.
According to a statement issued in Nairobi, joint forces conducted a surprise attack at the site in Mudale during which, the al Shabaab militants suffered many causalities. Four AK 47 rifles, one double cabin vehicle and assorted communication equipment were recovered.
AMISOM Sector 2 Commander, Brigadier Anthony Ngere said that the operation had removed a threat to civilian movement between the towns of Mudale and Busaar.
“AMISOM is committed to protecting the security gains to ensure Somalia continues on the road to a sustainable peace,” he said.
In the past one year, al-Shabaab militants have come under pressure from allied forces, forcing them to retreat from much of their strongholds in southern Somalia.
Last year, al-Shabaab fighters withdrew from the strategic port city of Kismayo. Although the group has lost territories to the allies, it still control large swathes of southern Somalia.
Somalia has been without a functioning government since the fall of Siad Barrie’s government in 1991.
Source African Press Agency
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