A total of 75 al-Shabaab militants were killed by the military in the Hiran region during the battle to take Yaasooman village over the weekend, the Chief of the Somali National Army announced on Monday.
Chief Odowa Yusuf Rage told Somali state media that “dozens of prisoners” were arrested and security forces confiscated equipment and guns during the operation, which is still underway.
“The army sacrificed their lives, comfort, and family bonds to free our country,” he added.
Meanwhile, the state-owned TV showed dozens of dead bodies of the militants, guns, and military ammunition after the battle.
“The death of Alshabab terrorists who were killed in yesterday’s security operation conducted by Somali National Army near Yasoman village in Hiran region has reached 75,” SNA said in a tweet.
Officials pointed out that a government-backed Somali militia killed at least 45 al-Shabab fighters and beheaded some of them on Sunday.
Local media mentioned that the commander of the national infantry troops, General Mohamed Tahlil Bihi, credited the mobilization of local tribes against the terrorists in central and south-central Somalia for turning the tide against the Al Qaeda-linked militant insurgency.
The Somali military revealed that they had taken at least 30 villages back from al-Shabaab during the most recent offensive, which began earlier in the summer.
In the same vein, the Somali government estimated that at least 200 al Shabaab fighters were killed and another 100 seriously injured during intense fighting over the last several weeks.