BAL’AD (SMN) – The commander of the Somali National Army [SNA] General Odowa Yusuf Rage confirmed at least 21 Al-Shabaab militants were killed in the repelled attack.
Speaking to the state media, Odowa said the militants were overpowered during an attack against the Somali army camp in Hawadley, a small town in the Middle Shabelle region on Tuesday.
The commander confirmed five soldiers and SNA’s 3rd battalion perished in the attack that came hours after the capture of three towns – Gal’ad, Harardhere, and El-Dher in Galmudug.
Al-Shabaab has stepped up base attacks after losing ground to allied troops in the south and central regions with the government vowing to continue the liberation operations.
The death of Colonel Abshir Mohamud Shataqey sent a wave of shock among the SNA and the government with top leaders sending condolences to his family and friends.
Hawadley situation returned to normal following the morning Al-Shabaab attack, according to the military officials in the area. Al-Shabaab was pushed back from key areas in Somalia.
President Hassan Sheikh who won re-election in May 2022 pledged to root Al-Shabaab out of entire Somalia within this year, expressing hope that the current war will yield fruits.
Al-Qaeda’s East Africa ally, Al-Shabaab despite losing territory still poses threat to the country’s national security and is capable of staging high-profile attacks.