Somalia: Al-Shabaab militants arrested by AMISOM forces

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said on Monday that a joined operation by Burundian and Somali government forces arrested Al-Shabaab militants.

The operation took place in the Gololey and El-Gelow villages of Bal’ad district in the Middle Shabelle region. These areas have experienced a series of landmine and ambush attacks targeting government forces, AMISOM and Somali officials travelling on the road between Jowhar and the capital Mogadishu.

“AMISOM troops from Burundi based in Gololey & El-Gelow have launched a joint operation with the Somali National Army. Several al-Shabaab fighters have been arrested and handed over to the Somali Police Force for further investigation,” AMISOM said in a statement.

On Saturday, a roadside bomb attack near Gololey killed a senior Somali military officer operating in the Middle Shabelle region. Last week, a car bomb exploded at the same venue, killing at least 17 civilians.