Somali troops repel Al-Shabaab attack
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali national army [SNA] repelled Al-Shabaab’s attack on Saturday morning, officials said in the latest crackdown on militants, who control large swathes of rural central and southern Somalia.
According to senior military sources, officers succeeded in repelling an attack led by the al-Qaeda-linked group in Hudur, the regional capital of Somalia’s Bakool region, after hours of a fierce shooting.
The city is guarded by the Ethiopian National Defense Forces [ENDF] serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM]. It is not clear whether Ethiopian troops were involved in the response to the Al-Shabaab attack, but they are working closely with SNA soldiers.
A military official from Sector 60 said five militants were killed and six others seriously injured. The SNA soldiers and their partners suffered no casualties, the official added without giving many details.
The military also exposed the bodies of militants in the city as they appreciated the residents for their active participation in the war against Al-Shabaab militants. They asked residents to work closely with the authorities.
For almost 14 years, the Somali federal government has worked with allies in the fight against Al-Shabaab militants. However, the military suffered a series of setbacks, including the loss of key battles against the militants.
But there were also significant gains by the government which managed to liberate several cities in the country. Al-Shabaab remains a threat to the Somali people according to the US State Department, which works closely with SNA troops.