Somali government on Tuesday night destroyed several military sites where Al-Shabaab lead attacks against the government and the African Union forces, security officials said Wednesday.
Security Ministry spokesman Mohamed Yusuf told Xinhua that they received intelligence information indicating that members of the Al-Shabaab hiding in secret locations in the Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia.
“We were able to eliminate secret sites which Al-Shabaab carried out its subversive operations against government in the capital and other regions,” he said.
The spokesman said that the operation, involved 3 sites including Eel Arabow, Eel maryo Ade and Jabad Gele villages in lower shabelle region, southern Somalia.
“The joint operation was conducted by government forces and the African peacekeeping forces, the militants fled the sites. We will continue our efforts until we can eliminate them,” the spokesman added.
The Somali government is facing security challenges from Al-Qaida linked group Al-Shabab despite the group recently had lost key towns in southern Somalia.