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73 al-Shabab militants killed in activities in southern Somalia: reports



MOGADISHU, January 19 (Xinhua) – Somali National Army (SNA), supported by international partners on Saturday, killed 73 al-Shabab militants and destroyed armored vehicles in southern Somalia, according to the state news agency on Saturday.

The Somali National Press Agency (SONNA) said the joint forces have foiled an al-Shabab attack at a military base in the Bar-Sanguni neighborhood near the city of Kismayo in Jubbland.

The news agency said international partners conducted air strikes in the area that targeted al-Shabab militants.

Independent sources have said that there have been heavy losses on both the army and the militants.

Residents reported hearing of air strikes against the militant group at the start of Saturday. They said that several strikes hit militants and their battle tanks in an area between Araare and Muse Haji.

The attack arrived a few hours after the group announced that its fighters killed 57 Ethiopian soldiers under the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in an ambush near the city of Burhakaba, in southern Somalia.

Al-Qaida's allied terrorist group continues to hold parts of the southern and central parts of the country after being driven out of Mogadishu several years ago.

The peacekeeping forces of the Somali and African Union have also intensified military operations against the insurgents, blushing them at their bases in the Shabelle low and central region as part of efforts to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation . Enditem

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