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Al-Shabaab which is facing military pressure from multiple fronts didn't release a statement in response to SNA claims.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali military has killed 60 terrorists in an operation against Al-Shabaab in the Lower Shabelle region, where an affiliate of Al-Qaeda has been active for nearly a decade, according to the military.
Two senior commanders are among those killed in the operation that took place on Friday afternoon on the outskirts of Sabib and Anole villages located on the outskirts of Afgoye district, southwest of Mogadishu.
The counter-attack came after Al-Shabaab militants targeted military bases in Anole, one of few villages liberated from Al-Shabaab last year by Somali and AU troops.
The state media, citing an unnamed military official reported that the operation destroyed 20 hideouts and four explosive-laden vehicles meant to carry out attacks in the capital.
Early this month, the Somali military claimed it killed more than 270 Al-Shabaab members during massive operations in the Middle and Lower Shabelle regions as well as Mudug, all in the south and central Somalia.
Al-Shabaab which is facing military pressure from SNA and AMISOM on multiple fronts didn't release a statement in response to SNA claims.
Despite losing large swathes of territory, Al-Shabaab continues to stage deadly attacks in Mogadishu. Last week, a bomber killed five at a restaurant near the intelligence headquarters.