Somali elite forces seize two VBIEDs near Kismayo

Somali commandos have foiled suicide attacks following security operations in the outskirts of Kismayo town.

The forces seized two lorries laden with improvised explosive devices near Bulo-gaduud village, according to Ismail Abdimalik, the commander of 16th division of Somali commandos.

Speaking to the media, Abdimalik said the forces succeeded to wrest the two vehicles which purportedly heading Kismayo town.

“The vehicles were intercepted following tip off and there is no alarm, we have also cleared the way from al-Shabaab,” he said.

The commander noted that during the operations, the forces killed several al-Shabaab fighters following confrontation.

“The forces killed number of terrorists who attempted to resist, we have secured the main supply route,” the commander stated.

It is not clear if the drivers of the vehicles were captured.

Somali forces have recently stepped up operations against al-Shabaab fighters in Lower Jubba and Shabelle regions.

Dozens of al-Shabaab fighters were eliminated during operations by Somali and African Union Mission In Somalia (AMISOM) in these regions.

Al-Shabaab lost control of many towns in south and central Somalia after their fighters were defeated in battle fields.

The group opted hit and run tactics to attack forces while they use IEDs in the major towns of the country

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