MOGADISHU: At least 81 terrorists belonging to the al-Shabaab were killed by the security forces in Jilib province of Somalia.
The two different operations were carried out by the Somalian forces and international partners, the Anadolu Agency quoted Information Minister Abdurahman Osman as saying.
"Some 81 militants were killed, a number of vehicles and heavy weapons destroyed." Osman said.
Earlier in October, more than 300 people were killed in the massive twin truck bombings in Somalia's capital.
The officials called the explosion as the one of the deadliest attacks to hit the capital, Mogadishu, since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007.