Somali military unearth, destroy landmines in Lower Shabelle region

Thursday September 17, 2020

MOGADISHU (HOL) – Somali Forces Thursday unburied and detonated several landmines planted by the militant group Al-Shabaab in the Lower Shabelle region.

Somali National Army commander Ahmed Maslah Hussein in charge of the 14th Battalion told journalists an operation in Awdhegle town unearthed several landmines suspected to have been set to target government soldiers and locals.“Our engineering teams have unearthed and safely neutralized several explosive improvised devices (IEDs) and bombs in different parts of the town,” General Hussein said.

He said operations to rid the area of the mines will continue as ground forces also battle the militant group Al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab has been known to plant IEDs targeting military convoys especially in the Lower Shabelle region destroying vehicles and killing soldiers.

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