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Almost 50 Islamist militants killed in Somalia - army

Friday January 20, 2023

Somali government forces have recently been having military success against al-Shabab militants

The Somali National Army (SNA) says it's killed almost 50 Islamist militants in a reprisal raid in the centre of the country.

In a post on social media, the military said it had targeted a farm in the Middle Shebelle region, where al-Shabab fighters had moved after they'd attacked a Somali army base on Tuesday.

The SNA said Thursday's raid had been supported by its international partners and local militia.

Over the past year, government forces have driven al-Shabab from some of their heartlands.

Having recovered swathes of territory in the centre, correspondents say the military may now be preparing to strike against al-Shabab in the south.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud made the fight against the militants a key pledge in last year's successful election campaign.


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