Latest military reports from Mogadishu, indicate that Somalia government forces supported by African Union peacekeepers on Wednesday 13th January 2016 conducted a major joint security operation at Leego locality in lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia.
According to a Somali official in Leego, Abukar Isak, the joint operation was conducted in Jame’o, Yakbari-weyne and Leego areas intended to flush out Al-Shabaab militants.
During the operation, six suspected Al-Shabaab fighters were arrested and assortments of weapons were recovered. The operation was conducted following intelligence tip-off of key leaders heading a terror unit in the locality.
Citing possession of ammunitions, Isak said they are certain the arrested individuals are Al-Shabaab fighters.
The six terror suspects are held in undisclosed police custody in Somalia and will be interrogated for more leads on Al-Shabaab operations in lower Shabelle region.
The Al-Qaeda linked group since the entry of AMISOM troops in Somalia has lost key towns in south and central Somalia but still is persistent on engaging AU peacekeepers and the Somali government forces in frequent attacks especially in Mogadishu and regions bordering Kenya.