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Somali government said it will deliver aid and other basic services to the people in the newly liberated villages in the central regions to save the lives of millions affected by the ongoing drought.
JOWHAR, Somalia - The President of Hirshabelle State of Somalia, Ali Gudlawe Hussein paid a visit to the frontlines in the Middle Shabelle region as the national army with the support of local clans make their first territorial gain against Al-Shabaab.
Accompanied by the chief of the Somali National Army [SNA], General Odowaa Yusuf Rage, and the Deputy defense Minister of Somalia, Abdifatah Kasim, reached Ali Gaduud Mosque, which was recently liberated from Al-Shabaab.
The Governor of the Middle Shabelle region, Ahmed Meyre Makaraan, who was in the war zones these days, and the officers of the SNA welcomed the regional president in the area on Friday.
The leader of HirShabelel dressed in military uniform inspected the situation in the area and met with the troops and the clan militia fighting Al-Shabaab, whom he commended for their sacrifice.
On Friday, before the leader's arrival, the SNA averted a car bomb outside the town and killed several militants attempting to attack the military base, according to Col Abdullahi Anod, the defense ministry spokesman, speaking to the reporters in Mogadishu.
Anod added that the army killed more than 130 militants in the vacinity of El-Harari village located near Mahas town within Hiran region after the troops laid ambush on Al-Shabaab convoy.
The Somali government said it will deliver aid and other basic services to the people in the newly liberated villages in the central regions to save the lives of millions affected by the ongoing drought.