Somalia announced the death of a leader of the jihadist group Al Shabaab in an Army operation

SENSITIVE MATERIAL. The bodies of Al Shabaab militants lie outside the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia August 21, 2022. REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File (FEISAL OMAR/)

The Somali government has announced the death of a senior member of the terrorist group Al Shabaab in an operation carried out by security forces in the Lower Shabelle region, south of the capital Mogadishu.

The Somali Ministry of Information has indicated in a statement that “the special forces of the Somali Army have destroyed an Al Shabaab financial center in the Mubarak area, in the Lower Shabelle region.”

Thus, he stressed that the operation has been settled with the death of the “leader” of Al Shabaab in the area, identified as alias ‘Carba’before stressing that nearly a dozen terrorists have been injured.

“Among the wounded are Osman Daoudwho was the highest ranking Al Shabaab member under Mubarak, and au maayresponsible for the campaign to extort money from the population in Mubarak”, he highlighted.

The jihadist attack on a Mogadishu hotel.  AFP/File
The jihadist attack on a Mogadishu hotel. AFP/File (ABDIRAZAK HUSSEIN FARAH/)

In this sense, he has stated that the objective of the operation was the aforementioned “financial center of the terrorist group” and has emphasized that the security forces have also rescued several civilians who were held at the scene.

“The Government of Somalia, its Armed Forces and the Somali people are committed to fighting Al Shabaab and ending all forms of terrorism in the country”he said, while accusing the group of being behind the death of “hundreds of civilians” in attacks in the African country.

Somalia is facing an increase in the number of attacks by the Islamist militia Al Shabaab, both in the capital and in other areas of the south of the country, which has led the president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamudto promise that will focus its efforts on security during the first hundred days of his mandate.

Last Saturday at least 25 people died in central Somalia for a attack by the jihadist group Al Shabab against a convoy of vehicles transporting emergency food and other humanitarian aid items, they told the news agency Eph local authorities.

View of the exterior of the Hayat Hotel following an al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab attack that lasted more than 30 hours and left many dead and dozens injured in Mogadishu, Somalia August 21, 2022. REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File
View of the exterior of the Hayat Hotel after an attack by Al Shabaab linked to Al Qaeda that lasted more than 30 hours and left many dead and dozens injured in Mogadishu, Somalia August 21, 2022. REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File (FEISAL OMAR/ )

“We have witnessed how the bodies of 25 civilians and their property have been burned. It’s a tragedy,” he told Eph the governor of the Hiiraan region (where the incident took place), Ali Jayte.

According to residents, the attack responded to the local mobilization against the radical group affiliated with Al Qaeda.

the terrorist group Al-Shababwhich controls some rural areas of Somalia and has carried out numerous attacks in the country, claimed responsibility for this attack through its radio frequency channel, but did not indicate the number of dead.

“The victims were drivers and passengers transporting food from Beletweyne to Mahas, and a total of seven trucks transporting food and passenger vehicles were set on fire,” Hassan Abdulle, a resident, told Associated Press by phone.

Boqor Abdi Ahmed Ali, who survived Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab's attack on the Hayat Hotel, recounts his ordeal during an interview with Reuters in Mogadishu, Somalia, August 22, 2022 REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File
Boqor Abdi Ahmed Ali, who survived Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab’s attack on the Hayat Hotel, recounts his ordeal during an interview with Reuters in Mogadishu, Somalia, August 22, 2022 REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File ( FEISAL OMAR/)

The incident occurred a day after the government forces destroyed the antipersonnel mines placed by the radical militia on the busy road between Beletweyne and Mataban with the intention of attacking travelers.

The Somali government condemned the attack and reiterated its support for local mobilization against the extremist group that controls large parts of the center and south of the country.

(With information from Europa Press, EFE and AP)

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