100 Al-Qaeda militants killed in Somalia military operation: deputy minister

100 Al-Qaeda militants killed in Somalia military operation: deputy minister
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29 July, 2023
Dozens of militants have been killed across Somalia, a deputy minister has claimed.
Somalia, backed by African forces and the US, have fought an Al-Qaeda insurgency for years [Getty/archive]

At least 100 militants linked to Al-Qaeda, including seniors, have been killed in a military operation in central and southern Somalia, a ministerial official in the country has said.

"One hundred members of the militias linked to Al-Qaeda, including prominent leaders, were killed in a military operation," the official news agency SONNA quoted deputy information minister Abdul Rahman Yousef Al-Adalah as saying.

He did not say when the operation happened.

"The military operation took place in cooperation between the national army and international partners in the area between the [southern] governorate of Shabeellaha Dhexe (Middle Shabelle) and the [central] governorate of Galguduud," said Al-Adalah.

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Fourteen military vehicles belonging to the militants were destroyed while a base used by them suffered heavy damage, the official said.

Al-Adalah did not mention whether air strikes were used in the operation.

Al-Shabaab – Al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia – has been waging a bloody insurgency against the fragile internationally backed government in Mogadishu for more than 15 years.

Its fighters continue to carry out deadly attacks despite a major offensive launched in August last year by pro-government forces, backed by an African Union force and US air strikes.