MOGADISHU, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Somalia National Army (SNA) killed nine Al-Shabaab militants in an operation occurred at an area about 35 km to Burdhubo town in Gedo region, southern Somalia, officials said on Tuesday.
Somali Government commander of 48 Division, Abdirahman Ibrahim Mohamed told state-owned radio that the operation which started on Monday evening was well planned that targeted a stronghold of the militants in the region.
"We killed nine Al-Shabaab militants, three of them senior officials in a successful operation near Burdhubo town in this region. We recovered eight AK47 rifles and one PKM during the operation on Monday, we are also in the area at moment for further investigation," Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim did not confirm the number of casualties on SNA side. There was no comment as well from Al-Shabaab militants on the latest military operation by SNA.
Such operation comes three weeks after the militants carried out major attacks at some key towns including Bula-Hawo and El-Wak in Gedo region near the Kenya-Somalia border.