Wednesday March 25, 2020
Somalia's elite forces captured a senior al-Shabaab militant in the Lower Shabelle region, the Information Ministry said Tuesday. The militant was identified as Ibrahim Mohamed Roble who operated in the region.
"The elite 1st Danab Advanced Infantry Battalion, conducted an operation that resulted in the capture of a high-profile senior al-Shabaab member in the vicinity of Wanlaweyn. This operation was a massive win for the Federal Government of Somalia, the Federal Member States, and the Somali Security Force,” according to a statement.
U.S. African Command also confirmed the operation and said: "This successful operation, led by our Somali partners, demonstrates progress."
Wanlaweyn, is located 90 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of the capital of Mogadishu.
The Somali military on Sunday arrested Somali-based the al-Qaeda affiliated group intelligence chief in Lower Shabelle.
Meanwhile, on Monday, at least seven soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast that targeted a military vehicle near the newly liberated town of Janaale, according to a local official who spoke to Anadolu Agency.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.