Mogadishu (IP) - Over 200 al-Shabaab militants were killed in recent military operations in Galmudug, South West State, and Jubaland, Somalia's Information Minister says.

Iran PressAfrica: Daud Aweis outlined that the army had also cleared large areas of the terrorists in the Mudug region and seized a "senior" al-Shabaab explosives expert.

Al-Shabaab has been active in Somalia since the mid-2000s, capturing large swathes of the country's territory in the following years. More recently, al-Shabaab has instrumentalized terror attacks as their primary tactic.

Today, the group is in control of vast areas of the Somali countryside. Last year, the current Mogadishu government under President Mohamud declared an "all-out war" on the movement. In response, al-Shabaab carried out more terror attacks, including the deadliest one in five years, when at least 121 people were killed and 333 injured in Mogadishu in October 2022.

The Ministers of Defense of Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Kenya held a meeting on fighting terrorism in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, on February 1st to reduce terrorist threats and increase regional security with the full cooperation of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS).


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