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    Several villages in the state of Hirshabelle are freed by Somali forces.

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    On Saturday, local clan militias supported by Somali government forces recovered a number of villages in the Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle regions of the Hirshabelle regional state.

    The joint forces liberated the villages of Gulane, Darusalam, Harga-Dhere, and Mabah, which are situated in the Hiran and Middle Shabelle districts, according to General Abdullahi Ali Aanoud, the spokesman for the Somali army, who made the announcement at a news conference in Mogadishu.

    According to Somalia’s state-run news agency Sonna, Mabah was the final village in eastern Hiran under al-hands. Shabab’s

    Anod reported that ten al-Shabab fighters were killed during a confrontation between the army and the group in the Hiiraan region, while six were reportedly slain in the middle Shabelle region.

    The military is moving toward the last al-Shabab-held districts in the Middle Shabelle region, the spokesman continued, and operations against the insurgents will continue until al-Shabab has been driven out of all territories under the control of the Hirshabelle administration.

    The united forces were close to retaking Aden Yabal District, one of Al-strongholds, Shabaab’s according to reports from the Middle Shabelle region that Hiiraan Online was able to receive.

    The most recent clashes in a months-long offensive to weaken the hold of the Islamist militant group, al-Shabab, resulted in the deaths of about 40 al-Shabab fighters in the Middle Shabelle region of Somalia two days ago.

    On Wednesday night, the Ministry of Information claimed that a planned operation in a forest close to the village of Ali Foldhere in Middle Shabelle occurred, but al-Shabab and one clan fighter claimed that the fighting actually started as a result of a militant attack.

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