(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Somali forces backed by international partners killed 40
al-Shabab fighters during an operation carried out in central
Somalia, the government said on Thursday, trend reports citing
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism said a joint
operation conducted on Wednesday night by the Somali National Army
(SNA) and its foreign allies targeted the militants at the Ali
Foldhere area in the Middle Shabelle region.
'The operation was part of the efforts to eradicate the
militants in the country, and limit any movement attempts across
areas they still exist,' the ministry said in a statement issued in
the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The government has stepped up a military offensive against
al-Shabab militants since President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was sworn
into office in May.
Pro-government local militia dubbed Ma'awisley has also
intensified the attack against the al-Qaida-linked militants who
have lost a huge swathe of territory that they controlled a decade
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