Three militants killed in foiled al-Shabaab attack

Three al-Shabaab militants were on Wednesday killed in heavy fighting in central Somalia, as AMISOM troops alongside Somali security forces foiled an attack in Bula-burte town in Hiiraan region.

Bula-burte District Commissioner Abdi Dahir Gure confirmed the fighting, saying his forces had preempted the militants plot to attack the town.

“There are no casualties on both the joint forces and civilians so far. The situation is calm now,” Xinhua quotes Gure to have said.

The town’s residents said the fighting began after the militants fired mortar shells early on Wednesday.

“Al-Shabaab fighters attacked army base here with mortar shells, then heavy fighting erupted which lasted several hours,” a residents said.

Al-Shabaab militants did not comment on the latest military victory by the security forces.

Bula-burte in Hiiraan region is under Hirshabelle State and it is about 200 km north of the capital Mogadishu.

The al-Shabaab group has waged a decade-long war in the Horn of African country, seeking to topple the government and instill an extreme sharia based system of governance.

The war has killed thousands and displaced millions, also crippling the country’s economy and development projects.

President Mohamed Abdulahi however last year pledged to crush the militant group.