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Somalia: Army offensive, airstrike kill 12 militants

Somalian soldiers are seen ahead of trainings held in Mogadishu, Somalia on January 15, 2018 [Volkan Furuncu / Anadolu Agency]
Somalian soldiers are seen ahead of trainings held in Mogadishu, Somalia on January 15, 2018 [Volkan Furuncu / Anadolu Agency]

The Somali military, backed by US airstrikes, killed at least 12 al-Shabaab militants in lower Juba province, officials said.

The joint operation carried out by Elite Danab forces against the al-Qaeda affiliated group took place in the vicinity of Bangeeni in the south of the country.

Somali government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Oronjo told Anadolu Agency over the phone that the operation also resulted in the wounding of several other al-Shabaab members.

The US African Command (AFRICOM) confirmed that it conducted airstrikes, saying that they had not resulted in any civilian casualties.

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“Following the strike al-Shabaab forces retreated from the area and the Danab commandos were able to continue with their mission,” AFRICOM said in a statement.

A separate military operation in the region killed 12 Al-Shabaab militants.

During that operation, the Somalian military said it had liberated the villages of Malayley, Janale-gay, Rernerow, Bandar Jadiid and Bengani villages from al-Shabaab.

The Somali military gained significant territories from the Somalia-based group al-Shabaab in the country’s southern provinces.

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