The Somali government has announced that they have carried out a series of operations in the south of the country, resulting in the death of more than a hundred suspected Al Shabaab members.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Somali government said that the military carried out operations in the states of South West, Hirshabelle, and Galmudug, he claimed that Al Shabaab were using these locations to organise terrorist attacks. The statement added that more than 20 locations that were being controlled by the terrorist group had now been restored to government control.
He added: "The local public revolutions supported by the government to liberate areas controlled by Al Shabaab took place because of the group's continued atrocities against local civilians."
The government also claimed to have regained control of areas in Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle after carrying out more operations with the support of a local militia.
Recently Somalia has seen an increase in attacks carried out by the Islamist group Al Shabaab both in the capital and in other areas to the south of the country, which led the president, Hassan Shaykh Mohamud, to promise to focus efforts on security during the first 100 days of his mandate.