69 Al-Shabab militants killed, Somali military says


Sixty-nine al-Shabab militants were killed in two separate military operations in south and central Somalia, Somali military officials said Thursday.

“In a joint operation conducted by the National Army, allied clan militia and international partners in the Middle Shabelle region, at least 49 militants were killed,” said Brigadier General Abdullahi Ali Anod, a spokesman for the country’s Ministry of Defense. Government soldiers also seized weapons from the terrorist group, he added.

The joint forces fought the militants at a farm late Wednesday, Anod said.

“We launched a surprise attack against them as they were regrouping in the farm of Sheikh Qasim near Dhagahow area under Hawadley village in the country’s Middle Shabelle province,” Anod said.

The farm, about 60 kilometers north of the capital, Mogadishu, was wrested from al-Shabab control in October by government forces and allied clan militias.