Al-Shabaab militants target US-trained Danab forces in Somalia


Al-Shabaab militants target US-trained Danab forces in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia-based al-Shabaab militants targeted members of the Somali National Army on Friday [SNA] in central Somalia, in an attack that comes amid persistent political instability in the Horn of Africa country.

Officials said at least two members of SNA’s Danab Brigade were killed and nine injured after a bomb exploded targeting a military convoy in Dhusumareb, the regional administrative capital of Galmadug state.

A senior military general told reporters that the military convoy was hit by a landmine while traveling between the town of Guriel and Dhusamareb. The two cities have been at the center of Al-Shabaab’s concerns on several occasions.

“The military convoy belonged to the Danab commandos, and we understand that the attack was an improvised explosive device [IED] planted near the road, killing soldiers, “said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Mohamed Deeq Abdi, a local journalist, told Anadolu news agency that nine wounded soldiers have been admitted to a hospital in Dhusamareb. Among the wounded soldiers, according to reports, four were seriously injured.

In their proxy media, Al-Qaida-linked group Al-Shabaab claimed the attack left 15 soldiers dead. However, the reports could not be independently verified by Garowe Online.

Elsewhere on Friday, regional troops from Galmudug repelled an al-Shabaab attack on the town of Bahdo in the same region. Somali national television reported that 17 terrorists were killed in the retaliatory attack, citing military commanders.

In addition, the Somali National Army also announced on Friday that it had killed at least five Al-Shabaab militants in the Middle Shabelle region. The operation was carried out by special forces from Danab’s unit, which are trained by US Africa Command.

“Gambole is one of the strongholds of al-Shabaab in the Middle Shabelle region. A violent shootout broke out during the operation, but our commandos killed many al-Shabaab terrorists, including five senior commanders,” said a military official.

Colonel Ahmed Abdullahi Nur, commander of the 16th Danab Commandos, also confirmed the operation and murder of al-Shabaab operatives.

Nur said operations against the terrorist group, which is fighting the Somali government and the African Union mission in Somalia [AMISOM] forces since 2007, will continue until all territories in the Middle Shabelle region are back under government control.



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