Somali Army Captures Al-Shabab Bases in Middle Shabelle region
Somali National Army (SNA) said its forces have taken over several bases which were under al-Shabab areas during an ongoing operation against Al-Shabaab militants in the Middle Shabelle region. "The bases were completely destroyed and terrorists suffered huge casualties," Tahlil told the state-owned Somalia National Television in Mogadishu. Somali military officials vowed that the troops will intensify operations against al-Shabab militants in southern and central regions to liberate move regions. Somali military in the past weeks killed over 300 Al-Shabaab militants and wounded hundreds of others in an ongoing operation in Lower and Middle Shabelle regions. Al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, has launched attacks for years to introduce strict religious law. Al-Shabab was routed from Mogadishu in 2011 by the 22,000-strong African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and has had to abandon most of its strongholds, but it still controls vast rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia and also carries out attacks in neighbouring Kenya.