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Two leaders of al-Shabaab killed in central Somalia

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Five members of al-Shabaab were killed on Thursday, including two leaders, in a security operation in the street linking the cities of Poli Berdy and Jalgalsi to Hiran province in central Somalia.

The commander of the 27th division in the army, General Mohamed Mahmoud, said in a press statement that the government forces were able to kill five members of al-Shabaab during a security operation targeting the remnants of the movement, which was active between the cities of Poli Berdy and Jalaksi.

He added that the dead included two field commanders, Ibrahim Nourayi, head of the fronts in the movement and Hassan Berri, head of the bombings section, adding that the operation was carried out in cooperation with the residents of the two cities.

The general confirmed that government forces also arrested about 20 people on suspicion of involvement in bombings in the central Shabelle region of southern Somalia.

The commander of the 27th Division said government forces would continue operations to secure this street, which is a vital passage for the people of Hiran province in central Somalia.

Al-Shabaab did not comment on the incident until 12:00 GMT.

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