Somalia: army says kills 6 al-Shabab militants in southwest region

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)

Somali soldiers on Friday killed six al-Shabab militants and injured several others during an operation near Wajid, a town in the southwest Bakool region, officials said.

“Southwest State Special Forces killed senior al-Shabab official Moalim Derow and five other fighters,” Security Minister for Southwest State in Somalia Hassan Hussein Mohamed told reporters.

“Several others were injured and the forces recovered eight AK-47 rifles at Lafale location near Wajid district in Bakool region this morning,” he added.

The military operations to flush out militants would continue, Mohamed said.