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Continuing, he added that at least 150 Al-Shabaab members were killed in the operation while 15 were captured alive. The spokesman said the dead include 5 foreign fighters.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia said its troops backed by a local militia aka Ma'wisley have taken over the control of Ruun Nirgood District in the Middle Shabelle Region from Al-Shabaab.
Speaking to the reporters in Mogadishu on Thursday, the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense Gen. Abdullahi Ali Anood confirmed the capture of the town, 245 km north of the capital.
Continuing, Gen Anod added that at least 150 Al-Shabaab members were killed in the operation while 15 were captured alive. The spokesman said the dead include 5 foreign fighters.
The allied forces are now in full control of Ruun Nirgood, the last district the terrorists ruled for 15 years, and started searching for landmines," he said.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Defense said that Al-Shabaab has been removed from HirShabelle state in general, and now the troops will consolidate their grip on the western Hiran region.
Since the start of the military offensive three months ago, Al-Shabaab was driven out of more than 70 locations and two districts in Middle Shabelle, Hiran, and Galgadud regions, the biggest blow to the militant group.
Somali president Hassan Sheikh vowed the liberate the entire country from Al-Shabaab next year and urged the people and international partners to support the government in achieving the goal.