Mogadishu [Somalia], June 17 (ANI/Xinhua): Somali government confirmed Friday that 42 al-Shabab terrorists were killed and several others wounded when the regional Galmudug State forces foiled an attack by the militants on a town in the central part of the country.
Deputy Minister of Information Abdirahman Yusuf Omar said the Somali National Army (SNA) and the local community in Bahdo town showed bravery and inflicted heavy losses on the militants.
Omar said six SNA troops and a civilian were killed during Friday's fighting that was sparked by al-Shabab militants who detonated multiple vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) targeting the village and security forces.
The SNA commanders said the troops are searching for al-Shabab remnants after the deadly fighting, the first since the new President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected. (ANI/Xinhua)