More than 60 Al-Shabab militants including foreign fighters were killed in an explosion at a village about 65 kilometres west of Qoryooley in southern Somalia, the army said in a brief statement on Tuesday.
The Somali National Army (SNA) said the al-Qaida allied terrorists died in the blast which took place at their compound in Ala-Futow village in the Lower Shabelle region after the bomb which was being assembled exploded.
“The explosion took place at the Al-Shabab compound after explosive materials which were being prepared by terrorists exploded on Monday,” SNA said. Al-Shabab’s bomb experts and foreign terrorists were among those killed.
SNA said its forces later conducted a special operation in Ala-Futow village in Kurtunwarey district, destroying a vehicle used by terrorists to detonate explosives.
Government forces have vowed to intensify security operations in the central and southern regions until the insurgents are wiped out from the region.
The militant group has lost many areas previously under its control, but it is still capable of staging attacks in Somalia.
The latest operations came as government forces have intensified operations against Al-Shabab in the central and southern regions.