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The commander of the 21st Division, General Hassan Jamici, who spoke to the local media, said that the detained elders were arrested and transferred to Dhusamareb for interrogation.
There were at least 1,518 civilian casualties -- 651 killed and 867 injured -- in terror attacks in Somalia in 2018, followed by 1,459 -- 591 killed and 868 injured -- in 2019, according to UN estimates.
The first was on December 14, and AFRICOM said seven al-Shabaab militants were killed. The second strike came three days later and killed eight al-Shabaab militants.
Madaxweyne Xasan Sheekh ayaa ku dhawaaqey dagaal aan waxba loola hareynin oo Al-Shabaab dalka oo dhan looga saarayo kadib markii ay kooxda weerartay Hayat hotel.
Todobaad kahor, Al-Shabaab waxaa laga fara-maroojiyay degmada Aadan Yabaal, oo ahayd xarunta ugu weyn Kooxda oo xafiisyo Canshuuraha iyo Maxkamad ku lahayd.
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.
Mudo dhowr Maalmood ah ayaa hay'adaha amniga ku raad-joogeen kiiskiisa la shaqeynta Al-Shabaab, waxaana soo galay raad inuu ku lug lahaa weerarkii Villa Rays.
Kenya's security agencies are on alert following the two attacks and reports that al-Shabab rebels are planning more attacks, said the statement.
Brig. Gen. Omola said he was looking forward to working with the African Union, the Federal Government of Somalia, and the Somali Security Forces to facilitate the success of the mission.
Magaaladda waxay gacanta dowladda soo gashay 2014 xiligii Xasan Sheekh Madaxweynaha ka ahaa Soomaaliya, waxaana ku sugan Ciidanka ATMIS.
The first strike took place 176 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, killing seven militants, while the second strike took place approximately 220 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, killing eight al-Shabab fighters.
Waxaa Maanta lagu soo bandhigay degaanka Furqaan ee katirsan goobihii dhawaan lagala wareegay Al-Shabaab, ee duleedka degmada Aadan Yabaal.