Authorities in Ethiopia Kill Scores of Al Shabab Militants Near Somalia Border

Authorities in Ethiopia Kill Scores of Al Shabab Militants Near Somalia Border (News Central TV)

The Ethiopian Army has killed 85 al-Shabab militants along the Somali Border, and has also arrested several others.

In an onslaught against the militants who last week stormed two villages close to the Somalian border, the national army has teamed up with local authorities.

Witnesses told the newsmen that there was fierce fighting as the militants crossed from Somalia into Ethiopian territory in a number of cars. The terrorist group’s top official has urged for additional assaults.

It should be recalled that on July 22, Al Shabab militants raided two communities close to the Ethiopian border, killing 17, including three civilians.

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Fighters from the al Qaeda-affiliated group raided the villages of Yeed and Aato in Somalia’s Bakool region after one of their commanders was killed on the Ethiopian side of the border days earlier, according to the Ethiopian commander.

Due to a strong Ethiopian security presence in the area and inside Somalia, where they are also a component of an African peacekeeping force, al Shabaab attacks in areas close to Ethiopia’s border are uncommon.

The Ethiopian commander, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, claimed that an al Shabaab commander had crossed the border to establish a unit in Ethiopia.

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He initially stated that 17 Ethiopian police officers deceased, but then added that there were also civilians murdered.

Also recall that last week Sunday in Jubaland, the U.S Military neutralised two Al Shabab militants.

Formed in the mid-2000s, Al Shabab came to prominence in the 2006–2009 Somalia War. In early August 2011, the Transitional Federal Government under Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and its AMISOM allies managed to capture all of Mogadishu from the al-Shabaab militants.

In August 2014, the Somali-government-led Operation Indian Ocean was launched to clean up the remaining insurgent-held pockets in the countryside.

On September 1, 2014, a U.S. drone strike carried out as part of the operation killed al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubair.

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