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Over ten al-Shabaab militants killed in two attacks

MOGADISHU (SD) – Thirteen al-Shabaab fighters including ring leaders have been killed and several others were wounded in two separate attacks by Somali and US militarises.

The first attack which took place on Thursday eliminated five al-Shabaab militants in the vicinity of Saha-Weyne in Middle Shabelle region, according to US Mission in Africa (Africom).

“This strike targeted known al-Shabaab leaders who facilitated finance, weapons, fighters, and explosives. One is suspected of being involved in a previous attack against U.S. and Somali forces,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson. “Our continued disruption of al-Shabaab through persistent strikes shows our ongoing commitment to our partner.”

Africom said in a statement said that there was no civilian injured or killed as a result of the operation.

In a separate attack by Somali military in Bay region, eight militants including a commander were killed.

The forces also recovered undisclosed number of guns and ammunition.

“We killed the Al-Shabaab commander for the Bay region, Mukhtar Nurow, and eight of his bodyguards during the operation today. Prior intelligence reports helped our forces to be alert and defeat their attempt to attack SNA base here,” Abdullahi said. 

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