About 70 Al-Shabaab militants have been killed and 30 others captured in a fierce battle with Somalia’s Puntland forces in the past four days, officials said.
This disclosure was brought to light by Puntland Minister of Information Mohamud Hassan on Monday in Mogadishu.
“We have killed 70 Al-Shabab fighters and we also arrested 30 of them.
“This is a military victory against terrorist group,” he said.
According to Mr Hassan, the battle took place in Suuj Valley in Nugal region, Northern Somalia.
He said more than 500 militants, who stormed the region, have now been surrounded by the Puntland forces, and the forces are also pursuing those who escaped.
Meanwhile, Al-Shabaab militant group are yet to comment on the victory by Puntland forces.
Al-Shabaab has been facing a major onslaught from the Somali security forces backed by the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) troops.
Kenyan soldiers have killed more than 50 militants in the past week in different shootout incidences in southern Somalia.