Somalia: Joint operations kill militants
Kismayo, Somalia (Xinhua + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Somali National Army (SNA), backed by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops, killed three Al-Shabaab militants during a security operation in lower Juba region in southern Somalia on Thursday.
AMISOM Force spokesperson, Joe Kibet told Xinhua over phone that the operation in Buurkoy location was special one and targeted Al-Shabaab militants’ checkpoints in the area.
“Somali National Army and AMISOM troops carried out an operation in Buurkoy location in Lower Jubba region early Thursday. It was a checkpoint for the militants, the joint forces killed three of Al-Shabaab members there,” Kibet said.
The AMISOM spokesman added that there were no casualties on SNA and AMISOM sides during the operation.
The latest security operation comes amid reports of airstrikes which were conducted in Bula-guduud area, 30 kilometers north of Kismayo, the administrative of Jubbaland at the same region.
The American special jets strategically bombarded Al-Shabaab positions enabling security forces to overrun the militant group’s compounds.
The insurgents later cut off Wirkoy Bridge near Buuloguduud to hinder the advancement of the security forces. The militants reportedly suffered heavy casualties.
The locals said the insurgents later detonated explosives on a local bridge in a bid to cut off transport. No details on the number of casualties on both sides have been established.
The joint forces have stepped up their onslaught on Al-Shabaab militant group which has been targeting the AU and the SNA bases including major hotels and eateries in Mogadishu and its environs.