Somali forces on Sunday night (9th June) retook three villages near Bardhere town in the country’s southern region of Gedo and killed three Al-Shabaab militants, officials said.
Ali Mohamed Hassan, commander of Somali National Army’s 49th Division in Bardhere town, told journalists that the militants were killed in an offensive in Bulaweyn and Bakal villages along the Bardhere road in Gedo region.
Hassan also noted that a soldier sustained injuries during the battle.
“Heavily armed forces attacked Al-Shabaab militants in the town, and the two sides fought for a while exchanging heavy weapons,” Barre Elmi, a local resident, told the media via phone.
The latest offensive came barely a week after Somali forces conducted an operation in the same region, killing two Al-Shabaab militants and injuring three others.
Somali forces, backed by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops, have stepped up operations against the al-Qaeda-affiliated group in central and southern Somalia to flush the militants out of the areas they control in the two regions.