By Hannatu Jummai
Somali National Army, SNA, on Thursday said its forces killed 19 al-Shabab fighters in Deynunay, a village about 25 km from Baidoa town in the southern part of the country.
The military said the offensive which took place on Wednesday, also burnt two vehicles belonging to the terrorist group after inflicting heavy casualties on the fighters.
“Somali National Army killed 19 members of the terrorist group and burned two vehicles after al-Shabab attempted to attack the army base in Deynunay, near Baidoa town on Wednesday,” SNA said in a statement.
It said the terrorists had tried to attack the military base in Deynunay, but were repulsed by the SNA forces.
The army further revealed that its forces had thwarted an attack by AL-Shabab terrorists and also took over areas from terrorists that have been harassing civilians in the region.
The militant group has been bombarding the government forces in unending attacks in its bid to overthrow the Western-backed government.
But the Somali and partner forces have re-enforced military operations in territory formerly controlled by al-Shabab, following the frustration of the insurgents out of Mogadishu in 2011.