On Friday, the Somali National Army (SNA) conducted a large operation in the Lower Shabelle region that resulted in the killing of 50 al-Shabaab fighters, including two senior commanders. Regional military officials confirmed the results of the operation in speaking with the Anadolu News Agency.

The SNA military operation against the Somali affiliate of the al-Qaeda terrorist group took place in Mushaani, Daniga, and Majabta, according to Somali military radio. The Somali government is increasing the pressure on the terrorist group in the region.

Local media carried pictures of the Danab Special Operations unit potentially indicating that Danab had carried out the operation, nonetheless this has not been confirmed yet. 

Odawa Yusuf Rageh, the Army’s Chief of Staff, said on Friday that the SNA destroyed al-Shabaab training camps in local villages and that among the dead terrorists was Moalim Bukhari, the group’s intelligence chief in the Lower Shabelle as well as Sheikh Hasan Ganeey, the commander in the region.