ADDIS ABABA (Halbeeg News) – Ethiopian military has vowed to step up an offensive against Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia.
In a statement, Ethiopian National Defense Force said Ethiopian forces are preparing operations to hunt down the group.
“The people’s defense will soon carry out operations to annihilate Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia,” the statement reads in part, “in the forthcoming days, the offensive will kick off in cooperation with Somali forces.”
The military also confirmed an ambush attack by Al-Shabab fighters on their convoy near Burhakaba town in Southern Somalia.
In A separate statement, the AU force said the ambush occurred on Friday and AU troops returned by fire, killing four extremists and injuring several others.
Three soldiers with the AU forces were wounded, the statement reads.
Ethiopia was among the latest troop-contributing countries to the Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
An advance team of 100 uniformed personnel arrived in Somalia in 2014 while the other three battalion-strong contingents deployed soon after.
Over 4000 Ethiopian uniformed personnel are now operating in Somalia under the framework of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).