Several Al-Shabaab bases destroyed in Somalia


MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Somali National Army [SNA] registered a major milestone in the fight against Al-Shabaab militants, state media reports, following a huge success in an operation carried out around the Bakool area where the group has been dominant for a while.

The operation comes at the time the national army is engaged in fierce battles against the group, which has also lost several strategic towns in the process. The army is involved in active operations within the central regions, targeting Galmadug and HirShabelle states.

At Bakool region in Southwest, state media reports, the national army destroyed several Al-Shabaab hideouts, flushing out the militants in the process. Several items including machine guns and grenades were recovered, authorities said.

"Somali National Army dismantles al-Shabaab hideouts in Bakool Region," state media reported while acknowledging support from the local community which has been instrumental in the fight against the group for the last 12 months.

"In a decisive operation, the Somali National Army has eliminated al-Shabaab hideouts in Lukugooraw, Edayin, Dabgal, and Elahaley, effectively dismantling their presence in the region," read the statement posted on X formerly known as Twitter.

In coming weeks, Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre announced, that the second phase of operations against Al-Shabaab would start in Southwest and Jubaland states. There was a delay in the exercise due to the combing exercise going on in HirShabelle and Galmadug states.

The second phase is dubbed as the final assault against the group whose financial fortunes have been dwindling lately. The government of Somalia also expects that the United Nations Security Council will lift decades-long arms embargo imposed on the country.


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