MOGADISHU, Somalia (AA) – Somali government on Wednesday announced that the country’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) backed by Somalia’s international partners have conducted an operation against the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab, killing more than 49 of its fighters.
The operation was targeted at al-Shabaab men who were “planning conspiracies to hurt the Somali people” in the village of Bulo-Madino, in Lower Shabelle region, said Somali Information Ministry in a statement it issued Wednesday evening after the operation.
The Ministry said the operation destroyed all the military equipment that al Shabaab had in the village.
According to officials in the Lower Shabelle region who spoke to Anadolu Agency over phone an airstrikes was involved in the operation. They didn’t disclose which country helped them from the air during the operation.
Abdi Isack, an independent security analyst based in the capital Mogadishu who spoke to Anadolu Agency via phone, said the operation showed the current government was committed to combating al-Shabaab.
“ I believe the government is committed to end al-Shabaab once for all but recent operations in the central regions show a little bit of unpreparedness in terms of logistics”, he said.
Somalia’s army killed more than 600 Al-Shabaab fighters and wounded 1,200 in operations, said the Somali Prime Minister on completion of his first one hundred days in the office.
He also said the army had liberated over 68 areas in the south and central parts of the Horn of African country.