Somali forces killed 30 al-Shabaab militants

The Somali National Army (SNA) on Tuesday said its forces killed 30 al-Shabaab militants in a security operation in the Hiiraan region located in central Somalia.

Hiisaan’s army spokesperson Mohamed Noor Agajof said SNA forces also recovered military equipment from the insurgents following a fierce gunfight with the terrorist group.

“We killed about 30 al-Shabab fighters and our forces captured areas from al-Shabab.” Agajof said. “The fighting occurred in areas along the road linking Beledweyne town to Mataban and Mahas.”

He also said weapons were recovered in the operation, though did not give details of any casualties on the SNA side.

“We also recovered weapons and liberated other key locations from the terrorists,” he said.

Al-Shabaab has waged a decade-long war in the Horn of African country, seeking to topple the government and instil an extreme jihadist system of governance.

The war has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions others, also causing a humanitarian crisis.

The militant group has not made any comments on the report of its members being killed by SNA.