Al-Shabab planned to cross to the Oromo region of Ethiopia with a vision to team up with the military wing of the radical ethnic Oromo nationalist group, Oromo Liberation Front
The Somali regional state of Ethiopia announced that Al-Shabab fighters who entered Ethiopia had been annihilated.
The terrorist force that entered Ato village of Afeder zone in the region about four days ago was surrounded and entirely wiped out, said the news update from the region.
Furthermore, the update said that Al-Shabab was planning to enter the Oromo region to coordinate with what the Ethiopian government calls “Shene” – a militant wing of the radical ethnic Oromo nationalists.
Thirteen vehicles that Al-Shabab reportedly used for the mission it planned are entirely destroyed by Ethiopian Forces, to be specific the Somali region special forces.
Over 100 Al-Shabab fighters are said to have been destroyed. Hundreds of firearms including launcher pads have been captured from the operation, based on the update from the regional state. Those who are alive are taken captive.
The regional forces have reportedly garnered support from people in the region, and there was blood donation for those hurt during the operation.
The Somali regional government is yet to disclose the number of its forces who lost their lives and those wounded during the operation.
Meanwhile, Mustafa Mohammed hailed the performance from the Huluul operation – one that was conducted to engage Al-Shabab.
“… Our gallant special forces are once again proving that the peace in the region is not at the mercy of terrorists. Lunch with the heroes who annihilated AS at Huluul, Afdheer zone,” he said on a Twitter
Mr. Mustafa had lunch with the forces who were deployed to Huluul and wiped out Al-Shabab forces, as claimed by the region.
The forces are now deployed to the border area for a different mission. It was the region’s president, Musfata, who deployed and saw them off.
The Ethiopian government made several arrests, in recent years, of suspected Al-Shabab operatives in Ethiopia who were on a mission to carry out terror in different parts of Ethiopia including the capital.
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