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Six al-Shabab militants killed in central Somalia   

MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) -- Six al-Shabab militants were killed and several others injured in separate incidents in Hiraan region of central Somalia during a fighting between Somali National Army (SNA) and the militants, officials said Wednesday.

Abdirahim Takow, Deputy Governor of Hiraan region for security affairs told reporters that four of the militants were killed early Wednesday while two others died in a blast of landmine which they were planting at the airport in Bula-burte town in the region.

“Six al-Shabab militants were killed in two separate incidents here in Hiraan region. SNA soldiers killed four al-Shabab militants at an area about 80km to Beletweyne town and the two others died in a landmine blast overnight at the airport of Bula-burte town in the same region,” said Takow.

He added that an African Union soldier from Djiboutian contingent was killed in the bomb blast inside the airport on Tuesday.

The militants claimed responsibility of the killing of the AU soldier and wounding another one from the Djiboutian contingent on Tuesday, but it did not comment on Wednesday’s clashes with SNA forces.

The terrorist group has stepped up its attacks in the central region of Somalia after being flushed out from the capital Mogadishu.


Somali army kills 3 al-Shabab fighters in central region

MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) -- Somali army on Tuesday killed three al-Shabab militants and injured several others during a fierce fighting with the insurgents at Oronto in Hiraan region of central Somalia, officials said.

Farah Koshin, Somali National Army (SNA) Commander, said the fighting broke out after the militants attempted to ambush the forces who had just left Beledweyne town to Mahas town in Hiraan region.

“Somali National Army killed three al-Shabab militants, injured several others and recovered weapons. The terrorist fighters attempted to ambush the army travelling to Mahas town, but they were repulsed and three of them killed,” Koshin said.

He did not say whether there were some casualties on SNA soldiers.

The militant group’s media affiliated website said their fighters conducted an ambush attack against SNA near Mahas town in Hiraan region, but did not state the number of casualties.

Somali and African Union peacekeeping mission forces have intensified security in Beledweyne town and its environs following the visit by officials from Hirshabelle State and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in the town.


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