Horn Dispatch Weekly Security Brief 6.11.24

Somali forces are in control of the area after al-Shabab Saturday dawn attack. (Image: Screen grab)

Five Somali Soldiers Killed, 47 Al-Shabab Militants in Central Somalia  

Somalia’s government said five soldiers were killed Saturday in Ceeldheer after al-Shabab launched a dawn attack in which they killed at least 47 al-Shabab militants.

The Somali Army said it managed to repel four coordinated attacks by the jihadist organization Al Shabaab on military bases in the Galgaduud region, central Somalia.

Residents said they heard explosions and fighting went on for hours before the government forces took control of the military base and the town.

The Somali government launched a military offensive against al-Shabab in August 2022, driving the terror group out of dozens of towns and villages in central and southern Somalia.

The al-Qaida-linked insurgent group has been waging a deadly war against the Mogadishu government for more than 16 years.

Somali, Jubaland Forces Capture Lower Juba Village From Al-Shabab 

Somalia forces and regional troops from Jubaland federal state have captured a village near the port city of Kismayo.

Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre praised the troops for capturing Bula Haaji village in the lower Juba region.

I congratulate and commend the brave Somali national forces and Jubaland troops who took control of Bulla Haaji village of Lower Juba region which is 80 kilometers west of Kismayo,” the prime minister said on X.

Barre said that after the village was captured on Monday, the residents would receive government services like education, health, and security.

Al-Shabab Executes Four Men Accused of Espionage

Al-Shabab has killed four people it accused of spying for the United States intelligence agency CIA in Kuntunwarrey town in Lower Shabelle region.

According to the pro-jihadist news website Somali Memo, the four men alleged spies were found guilty by the al-Shabab court of spying on the American government.

The militant group said the men were working for the CIA, which claimed it carried out raids and airstrikes against its fighters and leaders in Somalia.

The four men were shot dead in a field in the Kuntunwarrey town. 

Al-Shabab has carried out several public executions against suspected spies working for Somali and foreign governments in areas under its control.

In January, al-Shabab killed seven men allegedly spying, including two government soldiers for the Somali government, Kenya, and the United States, in the town of Jilib in Southern Somalia.

Two Kenyan Construction Workers Killed in a Garissa County

At least two construction workers were killed by suspected al-Shabab militants in Garissa Country near the Kenya-Somalia border.

Kenya police said the Friday night incident is under investigation. The workers were hired to construct a dispensary in the Dadaab area, but police said the motive behind the attack remains unclear.

Al-Shabab has a group of fighters operating in the northern eastern and coastal regions where they carry out attacks against government forces and the residents.

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