Somalia: US-trained troops raid al-Shabaab bases in the south of the country
Over 10 al-Shabaab militants including a child soldier have surrendered in recently liberated Janaale town, a top official said, as FGS renews efforts to restore civilian rule in the agricultural-rich region.
After almost a decade of oppressive rule, coupled with endless executions, al-Shabaab ceded the town in March after a fierce gunfight with Somali National Army [SNA] and AU forces, who were buoyed by US military, police had said.
The town was a major income generation center, which supported dozens of militants’ violent operations across East Africa. During the capture, over 140 militants were killed, 28 wounded and 18 nabbed, a top official had said.
And on Sunday, Gen. Abdihamid Dirir, the commanding officer in Lower Shebelle, said the over 10 militants surrendered due to unending operations by elite troops from Danab and Gorgor, who are still manning the town.