Somalia Says Commandos Kill 15 Suspected Al-Shabaab Militants

A Somali commando unit killed at least 15 suspected Islamist fighters in the central region of Galgadud overnight, a local official said.

Three senior al-Shabaab commanders were among those killed in the attack on El Timir village, near the coastal town of Galcad, district commissioner Qadar Mohamud Ali said Wednesday by phone. There was no immediate comment on the fighting from the al-Qaeda-linked militants.

The violence came a day after Somalia’s Defense Ministry said its commandos destroyed an al-Shabaab training camp in the southern town of Toratorow. Al-Shabaab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab, speaking to Radio Andalus, a broadcaster that supports the insurgency, said they had foiled an attack late Monday by “American forces with helicopters.”

Al-Shabaab has waged an insurgency in Somalia since 2006 in a bid to impose a strict version of Islamic law. The group still carries out frequent gun and grenade attacks even after losing control of large chunks of territory to government troops backed by African Union forces.

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