The Somali National Army (SNA) killed at least seven Al-Shabaab militants on Sunday after SNA forces carried out operations near Mahas district in the Hiran region of central Somalia, a report said. declared an official.
Mohamud Hassan Ibrahim, commander of the SNA army in the region, told Mogadishu public radio that 17 other Al-Shabaab militants were also injured and government forces set an Al-armored vehicle on fire. Shabaab during the operation.
Ibrahim said the operation was aimed at liberating areas still under the control of Al-Shabaab militants and ensuring that main roads are safe for travel.
There was no immediate comment from militants on the military operation carried out by ANS forces in the central region.
Regions of southern and central Somalia have seen clashes between government forces and Al-Shabaab since the militants were driven from the capital Mogadishu in August 2011 by allied forces.