Beledweyne (Halbeeg News) – Somali and Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces on Monday launched a massive security operation to flush out Al-Shabaab fighters in Hiiraan region in central Somalia.
Jama Saleh, the force commander in the 27th Division who spoke to the media said the operation was launched to secure main supply routes linking the major towns in the region.
“The purpose of today’s operation is to ensure the security of this region and we are planning to wipe out the Al-Shabaab elements in these areas,” he said.
The operation, which is conducted jointly, was launched secure areas under the control of the Somalia National Army and the African Union forces in Hiiraan region.
The security forces have been opening Main Supply Routes blocked by Al-Shabaab, creating a free and secure environment for the Somali people to thrive.
Saleh said the operation will be ongoing to ensure the main supply routes in the region are secured to allow free movement of goods and services.
The exercise, he added, will also improve security in the adjacent areas to enable residents to live in peace, adding that the soldiers were committed to securing the region.
“The Somali National Security Forces, I would say they are on course. Their morale so far is so high that is why they were able to accept to move ahead to dismantle Al-Shabaab,” he added.