Somali National Forces kill more than 100 terrorists in HirShabelle

The Somali National Army has killed more than 100 fighters belonging to the Al Shabab terror group in the latest operation in HirShabelle State. A well-coordinated military operation led by the Somali National Army with the help of citizens in Ceel Hareeri area of Hiiraan Region has resulted in a resounding defeat of the enemy, with a large number of militiamen meeting their end.

Ceel Hareeri Area is now stable and fully under the control of the Somali National Army and the residents. The militants had made El Hareei their key hub, hoping to keep it in their control for their illicit operations. The Somali National Army with the help of the clan fighters has also regained control of Garas Magan, Nur Dugle, Adan Laxey and many more. This swift military operation which is being led by the Somali Government is expected to, in the next few hours, lead to the removal of the enemy from many other areas in Hiiraan and Middle Shabeelle.

The Somali National Army and the people remain determined to rid the country of this terrorist group which has wrongfully interpreted the Islamic religion for personal gain. The Federal Government of Somalia and SNA are committed to carrying out the ongoing operations in strict compliance with their obligations under International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Human Rights law, Sharia Law and Somali customary rules of warfare.

Meanwhile, top Islamic scholars in Somalia have this week disowned the distorted ideology of Al Shabaab and reiterated citizens’ religious duty to fight terrorism. In today’s Jummah prayer sermons, Islamic scholars in Mogadishu and other parts of the country led by the Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowment, Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, have strongly opposed the ideology that is driven by shedding the blood of innocent Muslims. They emphasized that the welfare of the Somali people and the stability of the country can only be guaranteed by eliminating terrorism.

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, maintains that his foremost goal is to eliminate Al Shabab which is a threat to the lives of Somali people and the Horn of Africa region and restore the nation to her full strength with a focus on development, internal and regional security.

The United Nations Security Council recently reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. The UNSC members also welcomed the efforts of the Federal Government of Somalia with support from the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) to counter the threat posed by Al-Shabaab. The members of the Security Council have also underscored the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.


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