Somali Military kills over 50 Al-Shabaab Militants In Operations
The Somali National Army (SNA) has killed at least fifty Al-Shabaab members and wounded others in operations in Central and South Somalia. The military operation against the Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated militant group took place in Hiraan and Middle Shabelle regions in the past 48 hours. “Fifty al-Shabaab members have been killed and many bases destroyed in the past 48 hours,” SNA said in a statement. The Somali military has stepped up operations against the militant group in the past weeks ahead of the parliamentary and presidential elections in the horn of the African nation. The development comes after the Somali military killed 19 Al-Shabaab fighters on Friday after heavy fighting in Somalia's Bay region. The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab has been waging a violent insurgency across the Horn of Africa country seeking to unseat the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu. They were driven out of Mogadishu by government forces backed by 20,000 African Union peacekeepers in 2011. But the group still controls swathes of territory outside the cities, from where they launch attacks against government targets, as well as occasionally crossing the border to carry out raids in Kenya.