Somali forces from the Jubba region supported by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces on Thursday (February 6th) conducted a surprise attack on an al-Shabaab outpost in Hagar town, 50 kilometres north of Afmadow, AMISOM announced in a news release.
Seven al-Shabaab militants were reportedly killed in the operation, which took place at 11am. The troops also recovered an assortment of ammunition, communications equipment and one vehicle.
Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif said the operation was part of renewed efforts to root out al-Shabaab from their strongholds.
"AMISOM will continue to confront the enemies of peace and to support the people of Somalia as they strive to rebuild their nation," Annadif said.
The operation comes a day after the Somali National Army, backed by AMISOM, resulted in the liberation of Gandershe town located between Mogadishu and Marka, the administrative capital of Lower Shabelle region.