The security forces of Somalia's southern Federal State of Southwest have launched a massive military operation in the rural areas around Hudur, the regional capital of Bakool on Saturday.
The local officials who spoke to Radio Shabelle on condition of anonymity said the ongoing operation was aimed at wiping out the Al-Shabaab militants from their remaining pockets in the city's outskirts.
The move came following series of Al-Shabaab attacks on military bases belonging to Somali and AMISOM troops in Bay and Bakol regions in the past few weeks, which led to the heavy casualties.
The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab has been pushed out of its main strongholds in Somalia, including Mogadishu in 2011, but, the group maintains to stage deadly car bombings and attacks in the country.
On Friday, Al-Shabaab has attacked American forces near Kismayo city, the interim seat of Jubbaland, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding four others.