Somalia: Several Al-Shabaab militants killed in Somalia military operation

Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) patrol inside the Garissa University College compound that was the scene of last week's attack by al-Shabab gunmen, in Garissa, Kenya, Monday, April 6, 2015. Kenya launched air strikes against al-Shabab Islamic militants in Somalia on Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning, following the extremist attack on a Kenyan college that killed 148 people, a military spokesman said. (AP Photo)

Several Al-Shabaab militants were killed on Sunday in a military operation in Somalia’s southwestern region, officials said.

South West State spokesman Noradin Abokar told journalists that the militants were killed in a joint operation by federal and state forces in Burhakaba district in Bay region.

“The militants were hiding in the area and waylaying public transport vehicles and demanding levies,” the official said

“Several others were captured,” Abokar said, but did not indicate the number.

Somali forces have been conducting heightened operations in the region, forcing the militants out of several hideout.