The Somali National Army (SNA) said Friday its forces killed seven al-Shabab terrorists and arrested two others during a security operation in southern part of the country.
Odowaa Yusuf Rage, Chief of Defense Forces said the early morning sting operation was conducted near War-Ise village in Middle Shabelle region where the troops confisticated al-Shabab’s military trucks and equipment.
Rage told the state-owned Somali National Television (SNTV) that weapons and money which terrorists have been extorting from the locals were recovered during the operation.
“The purpose of the operation was to prevent terrorist attacks against the Somali people,” he said, adding that several al-Shabab bases in the area as well as illegal mobile courts where they used to harass civilians were destroyed.
The militant group has intensified attacks despite the government forces having made intensive operations against the extremists in central and southern regions in recent months in an attempt to flush out al-Shabab cells.