Somali national army (SNA) has flushed Al-Shabaab militants out of Luqa Jelow in the region of Hiran on Wednesday in a joint operation with Djiboutian troops who are under AMISOM.
The operation was mainly conducted in the areas of Luqa Jelow where AlShabaab had taken control. SNA 27th Division Commander general Salah Yakub praised the AMISOM troops and SNA for their work saying the operation ongoing until they capture the remaining areas which are still under the control of AlShabaab.
Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 and lost most of its strongholds, but still controls vast swathes of Somalia’s remote areas. Elsewhere, a man survived a public execution by Al-Shabaab in Xarardheere, Mudug region. The man who was accused of murder was pardoned at the last minute after he started praying.
According to Al-Shabaab websites, the relatives of the victims of the accused have backed down from their demands that the accused be executed. Al-Shabaab has on several occasions publicly executed men they have accused of spying for the Somali and western governments.