Jubbaland Regional State President Ahmed Mohamed Islam chaired a Cabinet of Ministers meeting to discuss plans for anti-al Shabab operations aimed at liberating areas under the group’s control in Jubbaland State.
The regional Council commended the recent joint security forces operations in Jubbaland, involving federal troops and Jubbaland forces. However, President Ahmed did not disclose when the operations would resume in Jubbaland.
The meeting took place just hours after the Somali National Army’s elite Danab unit, supported by international security partners, carried out an aerial and ground operation that killed over 40 al-Shabaab terrorists, including key leaders.
According to the ministry, Sunday’s operation was carried out with support from international security partners and targeted a gathering place used by the terrorist group in the village of Welmaro.
Welmaro is located 40 kilometres (24 miles) from the town of Afmadow in the Lower Jubba region in the southern state of Jubaland.
The Defense Ministry said the Danab unit and the Jubbaland Dervishes, a local paramilitary force, conducted a separate successful operation against al-Shabaab in the town of Hagar, also in Lower Jubba.
The capital of Jubbaland, Bu’ale, is under the control of the terrorist al-Shabaab.