AU launches fresh offensive on Shabab militants
African Union (AU) forces have launched a fresh offensive against al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia, vowing to flush out the terrorists.
AU’s mission in Somalia, AMISOM, announced in a statement that “Operation Jubba Corridor” begun on Friday in the Bay and Gedo regions, south of the nation’s capital of Mogadishu, in collaboration with Somali government forces.
“The operation will ensure that all the remaining areas in Somalia will be liberated and peace restored,” added the AMISOM statement.
The AU offensive comes weeks after al-Shabab staged a major assault on a AMISOM base that killed dozens of Burundian soldiers in what turned out to be one of the single deadliest attacks on the force since AMISOM troops were deployed in Somalia nearly eight years ago.