APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Ethiopian peacekeepers have killed over 300 Al-Shabaab Fighters and wounded many others in neighboring Somalia, the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) said in a statement on Thursday.
ENDF’s statement comes four days after the Al-Shabaab militant group claimed to have killed 167 Ethiopian soldiers.
In a news update released on social media, the Ethiopian army said that Al-Shabaab fighters are forced to retreat after sustaining fatalities without collecting the dead bodies of its fighters.
What it called a miscalculated move on the part of Al-Shabab came at a time when the Ethiopian troops were heading on a mission to relieve forces.
The defeat of the Al-Shabaab troops came after its troops launched an attack in the form of an ambush but it turned out to be disastrous for the militant group, according to the Ethiopian Defense Force.
From the news update by ENDF, the Al-Shabab force, in addition to ambush attempts, planned land mines along the way, and the land mines were cleared.
Al-Shabab has deployed more than one thousand forces for the ambush in addition to three vehicles loaded with explosives and twelve suicide bombers.
The Ethiopian Defense Force has shared a picture of some seized firearms from Al-Shabab fighters.
The Ethiopian Peacekeeping Force has arrived at Huddur – the mission place after reversing the attack from Al-Shabaab.
Earlier this week, Al-Shabaab claimed that it attacked convoys carrying Ethiopian soldiers in the Bakool region of Somalia.
The group said that it had killed 167 Ethiopian soldiers but the numbers were not independently verified.