The Somali National Army (SNA) said Sunday its forces have killed about 100 al-Shabab militants in recent operations in the Middle Shabelle region of southern Somalia.
Somali army chief Odowaa Yusuf Rage said the operations, which were carried out in the region to flush out al-Shabab terrorists from the area, have seen insurgents suffer heavy losses and several commanders killed.
Odowaa told state-owned Radio Mogadishu that several areas including al-Shabab bases have been liberated from the militants.
The army chief said the military operations, which are still underway in the Middle Shabelle region, will be intensified until the insurgents who have conducted terror attacks to kill and maim innocent residents will have been wiped out from the region.
The al-Qaida allied terror group has lost many areas previously under its control, but the militant group is still capable of staging attacks in Somalia.
The latest operations come as government forces have intensified operations against al-Shabab in the central and southern regions.