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SNA kills over 35 al-Shabaab in central Somalia

MOGADISHU (SD) – More than 35 al-Shabaab militants have been killed and over dozen other wounded in clashes with Galmudug’s regional paramilitary forces backed by Somali National Army (SNA) in central Somalia.

Speaking the media, Mohamed Tahlil Bihi, SNA infantry commander said that the forces recovered weapons, noting that those killed included senior militants in Monday’s ongoing operation.

“SNA and Galmudug State forces killed 35 terrorists and injured others, among them senior officials in Qaycad location near Baadweyn town,” Bihi said.

He said that the joint forces liberated several areas in Mudug and Galgudud regions which were under al-Shabaab militants.

Earlier in the day, SNA’s elite Danab forces killed 15 al-Shabaab militants and injured several others in the country’s southern Lower Jubba region.

“Our forces killed 15 al-Shabaab militants, injured others and destroyed several hideouts in Lower Juba region,” SNA spokesman Ali Hashi Abdi told journalists in Mogadishu.

Early this week, the military in central Somalia also claimed to have recaptured the strategic town, Ba’adweyne from Al-Shabaab.

Ba’adweyne town in Galmudug state changed hands in recent weeks.

Somalia stepped operations against al-Shabaab ahead of the country’s parliamentary and presidential elections.

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