Al-Shabaab fighters lose southern city to Somalia forces



    Al-Shabaab fighters
    Al-Shabaab fighters
    Source: AFP

    (Xinhua/NAN) Somali military Thursday captured a city within the southern area and killed at the least seven Al-Shabaab militants, together with 4 senior commanders, an officer mentioned Thursday.

    Somali military 43rd infantry division commander Gen. Ismail Sahardid instructed newsmen that the forces launched an assault on Bar-Sanguni city, some 45 km south of the coastal metropolis of Kismayo, earlier than wresting management.

    Sahardid didn’t touch upon doable casualties on his forces. He added the forces seized two technicals from the militants.

    Somali and African Union forces have elevated floor and air offensives towards the militant group Al-Shabaab in the previous few months.

    This got here as African Union forces have began a circumstances based mostly draw-down from the Horn of Africa nation.

    Kismayo was one of many strongholds of Al-Shabaab, with its port getting used because the group’s major income supply, earlier than it was compelled out by Kenyan forces in 2012.