MOGADISHU — Somali security forces backed by international partners early Wednesday killed 49 al-Shabab militants in a sting operation conducted at a village in the southern region.
The Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism said the joint operation which was conducted at the Bulo-Madina village in the Lower Shabelle region saw several al-Shabab extremists escape with serious injuries.
“The Kharijites (al-Shabab militants) who were killed in the Bulo Madina area were preparing conspiracies to harm the Somali people, but they were thwarted and defeated by the intelligence agency and national forces,” the ministry said in a statement issued in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
It said the latest operation achieved its intended purpose and destroyed battlewagons carrying weapons and the arms store that the extremists had in that area.
The ministry lauded the Somalis who have joined the fight to liberate the country from al-Shabab which has engaged the government forces in near-daily attacks.
Somali and African Union peacekeeping forces have also intensified military operations against the insurgents, flushing them into their Lower and Middle Shabelle region bases as part of efforts to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.