A total of 17 al-Shabab insurgents were killed and several others wound in two separate security operations in Somalia’s central region on Friday, Somali National Army (SNA) has said.
The SNA said 10 al-Shabab militants were killed and an unknown number were injured during an operation in the Hiran region.
The army said its forces also killed seven al-Shabab insurgents and destroyed their hideouts during an operation conducted in villages near Mahas district in the Hiran region.
“(The) SNA destroyed al-Shabab bases near Mahas district where they used to carry out attacks on civilians and army,” the SNA said through its military radio.
The government forces have intensified operations to flush out al-Shabab insurgents from their hideouts in central and southern regions of Somalia in the past three weeks, which resulted in the militants losing grounds and suffering heavy casualties.
The al-Qaida allied group has lost many areas previously under its control but is still capable of staging attacks in Somalia.