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.
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.
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.
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.
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.