Somali army kills 142 Al-Shabaab militants during operation

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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

The Somali National Army said on Sunday that 142 Al-Shabaab militants had been killed, 29 injured and 18 arrested during an on-going operation in Janale town in southern Somalia.

Osman Shabel, a commander from Somalia National Army, said that troops recaptured Janale town from the al-Qaeda linked militants in two weeks ago.

He said there were no casualties from Somali National Army while troops facilitate displaced families to return home and gave them food rations.

Somalia has been plagued by terrorism for more than a decade, perpetrated by the Al-Shabaab militant group. The war waged by the terrorists, who have been trying to topple the central government, has killed tens of thousands and forced millions to flee their homes.

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