Somali army says kills 27 Shabaab militants, foils attack on Kismayo

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At least 27 Al-Shabaab militants were killed in Buulo-gudud in Lower Jubba region Tuesday, Somali army said noting it also blocked an impending attack on Kismayo town.

The commander of the 16th battalion of SNA Ismail Abdimalik told journalists the forces inflicted heavy toll on the militants and foiled an attack aimed at Kismayo town.

According to the officer, his forces seized two vehicles loaded with explosives which he said were headed to Kismayo town.

Abdimalik added some of those killed in the Saturday morning offensive were foreign fighters.

Saturday’s victory for the army adds to several other offensives in recent weeks which have seen Somali army wrest control of villages and towns hitherto controlled by Al-Shabaab.

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