Published On: Fri, Sep 16th, 2016

Senior Al-Shabaab leader killed in southern Somalia

Members of the hardline al Shabaab Islamist rebel group hold their weapons in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu…Members of the hardline al Shabaab Islamist rebel group hold their weapons in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, January 1, 2010. Somalia’s hardline Islamist rebel group al Shabaab said on Friday it was ready to send reinforcement to al Qaeda in Yemen should the U.S. carry out retaliatory strikes, and urged other Muslims to follow suit. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA – Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), alongside the Somalia National Army (SNA), have killed a senior commander of the Al-Shabaab Islamist group during an operation in southern Somalia.

AMISOM force spokesperson, Joe Kibet, told Xinhua on Friday that Mohamed Hassan, the Al-Shabaab commander for Awdhegle town, was killed on Thursday evening.

“AMISOM forces together with SNA carried out operation in Awdhegle town on Thursday evening where they killed chief commander of Al-Shabaab for the town, injured others and recovered weapons,” Kibet said.

Kibet didn’t reveal if there were casualties on the joint forces which have stepped up their fight against Al-Shabaab militants who stage frequent attacks in the Horn of Africa nation.

Kibet said the joint forces were ready to conduct more operations against Al-Shabaab militants in the south and central regions of Somalia.

Al-Shabaab has been battling the Somali government and still controls some areas of southern Somalia.

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