MOGADISHU, Somalia (AA) – The Somali army has claimed to have killed 27 rebel fighters during a military operation in the central state of Galmudug.
“Over 27 Khawarij militants were eliminated in a successful operation by the Somali National Army,” the Defense Ministry said in a brief statement posted on X.
The operation took place in the villages of Balal-Dheer, El-Gambar, and Mililiqo.
Three rebel bases were targeted and destroyed, along with their vehicles and military equipment, according to the statement.
The latest operation came amid intensified military operations by the Somali army, involving airstrikes targeting senior rebel commanders in the country’s south and central provinces.
On Friday, the ministry said an airstrike in the southwestern province of Bakool killed a senior leader of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group al-Shabaab and his seven guards.
The Horn of Africa country has been plagued by insecurity for years, with the main threats emanating from excessive interference by former colonial power France as well as al-Shabaab and the ISIS groups.