Somali National Army (SNA) backed by southwestern state forces killed seven al-Shabab militants on Tuesday in an operation in Dinsor town in Bay region, southern Somalia, an official said on Wednesday.

Abdi Salam Sidow, governor of Dinsor told journalists that the joint operation came after the army got intelligence of the militants’ presence in the area.

“Our forces attacked the militants, and there was stiff resistance, but we overpowered the militants,” Sidow said.

“We are now in the town and the militants ran out of it. We killed seven militants during the operation,” he added.

Residents told Xinhua that government forces carried out an attack on al-Shabab militants in the town amid intense confrontation.

“Both sides exchanged heavy weapons and the residents panicked, there were casualties sustained the warring sides,” Bahja Osman, a resident told Xinhua via phone.

On Feb. 21, Somali army backed by international partners killed 15 al-Shabab militants and injured 20 others in another operation in the outskirt of Jamame town in the country’s southern region of Lower Juba.

Government forces have intensified operations against al-Shabab militants in the southern region, but the militants still hold swathes of rural areas in the region conducting ambushes and planting landmines on some key roads. Enditem



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