A military official, on Wednesday reported that eight al-Shabab fighters were killed during a fierce counter offensive with Somali government forces in Garbaharey town in the southern region of Gedo.
Osman Abdi-Qorah from Somali National Army (SNA)’s unit 10 told journalists that members of al-Shabab extremists launched an attack on a base used by Somali army in Garbaharey.
He said the forces repulsed them foiling their attempt to overrun the base.
“There was a fierce fight that lasted for hours, but our forces defeated the militants killing 8 of them, including their commander in the area named Mohamed Dhere.’’
Qorah confirmed that a government soldier was injured during the fight.
On Sept. 2, Somali military killed nine al-Shabab militants in an area between Middle and Lower Shabelle regions.
Government forces are on major operations to root al-Shabab extremists out of southern regions.
The militants, however, still hold swathes in rural areas conducting ambushes and planting land mines.
(Edited by Hadiza Mohammed/Emmanuel Yashim)