Speaking at a news conference in the State capital of Garowe, Puntland’s acting Security Minister Col. Khalif Isse Mudan confirmed that 3 Al Shabaab fighters were killed in a clean-up operation aimed at dismantling the militant group following intelligence briefings.
“We have learned that Al Shabaab fighters were regrouping in the area and Puntland defense forces moved into the area to dismantle their positions,” said col. Mudan, noting that Puntland forces killed three fighters and wounded seven others.
“The clean-up operation is ongoing and we will capture Al Shabaab remnants in Galgala,” the caretaker security minister told the press conference.
When reporters asked when they will conclude the sporadic attacks on the militant group, Col. Mudan noted that Puntland defense forces will continue the assaults until Al Shabaab threat is eliminated.
Al Qaeda linked extremists began to infiltrate into Golis mountain ranges after African Union troops propping up the Somali Federal Government forces removed the militants from a string of strategic towns in southern Somalia.
Puntland forces waged massive military offensives on Al Shabaab hideouts in mid-2010 during former Puntland President, Abdirahman Mohamed Farole’s tenure of office in response to planned assassinations and suicide bombings in the gulf of Adan port city of Bossaso.
The largest military response to Al Shabaab security threat by Puntland at the time dwindled the group's activities and left underground cells destroyed.