||Somalia launches operation in Middle Shabelle against Al-Shabaab - Xinhua
|The African Union peacekeeping force, along with the Somali army, has launched an operation in Middle Shabelle region in Somalia, targeting major Al-Shabaab strongholds.
Abdullahi Yusuf, deputy mayor of the Middle Shabelle region, said late Sunday that the joint force aimed to rid the region of Al-Shabaab militants.
"Our forces will ramp up operations in the coming days to completely destroy Al-Shabaab. So far they have captured most of the major towns formally controlled by Al-Shabaab," said Yusuf.
The joint force on Saturday retook about four villages from Al-Shabaab in Middle Shabelle.
Al-Shabaab has lost many areas previously under its control, but the Islamist group is still struggling to stage attacks in Somalia.
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