The Somali National Army (SNA) with the support of villagers have killed more than 100 al-Shabab militants and liberated over 20 villages during security operations carried out in two regional states on Sunday, the government said.
The recaptured villages are Aborey, Tardo, Sagaalgeed, Geedsamo, and Inameey, which are located on the outskirts of Bula-Burde town, according to the military officials.
The Gorgor brigade commanders vowed to keep up the operations until they secure the takeover of the whole areas that remained under Al-Shabaab.
Hiran region saw an intensified operation by the Somali army along with armed residents who are aiming to finalize the presence of Al-Shabaab militants in the rural areas.
Meanwhile, Somali government is mobilizing the residents to take arms against Al-Shabaab after president Hassan Sheikh last month said an all-out offensive will be unleashed soon.