Somali government stated on Sunday that its elite soldiers have killed 21 al-Shabab militants and wounded 10 others in an operation in the country’s lower Shabelle region.
In a statement, the Ministry of Information said its elite soldiers from the National Intelligence and Security Agency, or NISA, conducted a fresh operation against the al-Qaida-affiliated militant group al-Shabab.
The operation took place after intelligence forces received a tip saying al-Shabab was planning to carry out attacks to “harm the Somali people”.
The planned operation took place in the village of Galka Salimow in the lower Shabelle region.
“The operation was executed as planned and destroyed all militants who were there plotting against the people of Somalia,” the statement read.
The government disclosed that 200 al-Shabab militants were killed in four days.
Meanwhile, Somalia’s religious affairs ministry issued a statement banning religious scholars from having dealings with the group and said that al-Shabab should be called a “deviant sect.”