Troops from the Somali National Army (SNA) with the support of villagers have managed to drive Al-Shabaab militants out of several areas in the Hiran region with atleast 5 villages liberated in the past 48 hours.
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.
The 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.