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Somali troops kill 13 al-Shabab militants in foiled attack

In this photo taken on June 13, 2018, Somali soldiers walk at Sanguuni military base, about 450 km south of Mogadishu, Somalia. (PHOTO / AFP)

MOGADISHU – The Somali National Army (SNA) on Saturday killed 13 al-Shabab militants during an attempted raid on an army base in the southern region of Lower Shabelle.

Chief of Defense Forces Odowaa Yusuf Rage said the troops destroyed two vehicles laden with explosives which the militants planned to use for attacking the army base.

"Our forces foiled two terrorist car bombings near army bases in east Afmadow town. We killed 13 terrorists having received intelligence prior to the attempted attacks," Rage said.

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He added that there were no casualties from the SNA troops, and the foiled attack came amid intensified onslaught against the al-Qaida-linked militants in their hideouts in south-central Somalia.