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Senior Shabaab leader killed in Hiiraan, 15 others felled in Lower Jubba by Somali forces

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Scores of Al-Shabaab militants among them a senior commander in Hiiraan region were killed in a joint offensive by national army and Jubbaland forces Tuesday.

Somali National Army Chief of Staff Gen. Odowaa Rage told the media his forces felled Ibrahim Abdi Tureey, the head of the group in Hiiraan region alongside Hassan Yare who headed the mines section.

The two were killed in an operation conducted by the forces between Jalalaqsi and Bulo Burte in Hiiraan region.

Down south in Lower Jubba, 15 militants were neutralized by SNA and Jubbaland forces. The fighters met their fate in Bandar-Jadid area near Arare town of Afmadow.

One of the militants was captured alive, military sources said.

The latest hits on Al-Shabaab follows ongoing offensives by Somali forces in central and southern parts of the country in the recent weeks.

On Sunday, SNA killed 9 militants and injured 6 others in Qoryoley in southern regions.