Somali forces arrest 3 senior Al-Shabaab fighters

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Al Shabaab soldiers sit outside a building during patrol along the streets of Dayniile district in Southern Mogadishu, March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
FILE PHOTO: Al Shabaab soldiers sit outside a building during patrol along the streets of Dayniile district in southern Mogadishu. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Somali National Army (SNA) arrested three senior Al-Shabaab militants including the group’s chief intelligence officer in charge of Janale town in Lower Shabelle region, officials said on Sunday.

SNA’s infantry commander, Abdihamid Mohamed told the state-media, the Somali National News Agency, that the army arrested the head of intelligence of the region for the group and two other members on Saturday afternoon.

He lauded residents for sharing information with the army, noting their contribution have made major achievements in flushing out the militants who have been fighting to topple the internationally-backed government.

The latest arrest comes after the army recaptured Janale town in Lower Shabelle region which is about 90 km south of Mogadishu.

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