MOGADISHU, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Somali National Army (SNA) backed by international partners carried out airstrikes targeting al-Shabab terrorists in southern Somalia on Thursday inflicting heavy casualties on the extremists.
The SNA commanders said the airstrikes which were carried out near the town of Garbaharey in the Gedo region destroyed al-Shabab bases which they have been using to stage attacks on civilians and the allied forces in the region.
"The terrorists suffered heavy casualties," SNA said in a brief statement issued after the latest airstrikes in the Gedo region.
The exact number of casualties is unclear but recent security operations by the allied forces have liberated several regions and also flushed out the extremists from their bases.
There was no immediate comment from the militant group on the latest airstrike in the southern region which borders Kenya.
The militant group which is fighting the internationally-backed government has been driven out of major strongholds in Somalia in recent years in a joint offensive by the allied forces but the group still stages attacks across the country.