Somalia says 2 senior al-Shabab leaders killed in joint operation

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Somalia

The Somali National Army (SNA), backed by international partners, killed two al-Shabab commanders and injured three others in an operation Thursday in the southern region of Middle Juba, a military officer confirmed on Friday.

“Two senior al-Shabab commanders in charge of security of the Middle Juba region were killed and three others injured in an airstrike conducted by the partners. Our forces are now pursuing the remnants who fled to the forest,” said Isma’il Abdi Malik Malin, commander of the SNA’s 16th Unit.

He said the army will maintain operations targeting militant hideouts in the region, where extremists have been hiding in the rural areas and conducting ambushes and planting landmines.

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