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Battle of Gedo


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The Battle of Gedo is a conflict of the 2009–present phase of the Somali Civil War. Centered in the region of Gedo, it pits the Somali government and its allies against the al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab.

Battle of Gedo
Part of Somali Civil War, Somali Civil War (2009–present)
Date April 27, 2011 – end of 2012

TFG, ASWJ victory and Al Shabab withdrawal

Harakat al-Shabaab Mujahideen

Federal Government of SomaliaAhlu Sunna Waljama’a

Kenya Defence Forces

Commanders and leaders
Fuad Shangole

Sheikh Hassan Sheikh Ahmed 
Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Qadi
Sheikh Is-haq Mursal

Diyad Abdi Kalil

Casualties and losses
168+ killed
4 military vehicles captured

Total: 81+ KIA

  • 46+ KIA
  • 35+ KIA
    3 military vehicles destroyed
    2 military vehicles damaged
    6 military vehicles captured*
At least 27 civilians killed
At least 380 killed in total
  • Based largely on Al-Shabaab claims which were not confirmed

Operations and battles

Major attacks

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The fighting started after Somali forces ambushed Al-Shabaab fighters in Tulo-Barwaqo, near Garbaharey. The spokesman for the Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a paramilitary claimed they killed around 20 fighters from the opposing side.[1] On the road between Elberde and Luuq a roadside mine killed 15 people. The landmine detonated underneath a minibus, killing nine passengers immediately. Six passengers subsequently died from blood loss. In Tulo-Barwaqo, Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a fighters clashed with Al-Shabaab militants an Ahlu Sunna spokesman, reported that Ahlu Sunna fighters captured “assault rifles, pistols, explosive devices and … two military vehicles” and had killed about twenty Al-Shabaab militants. In Luuq, Al-Shabaab attacked Transitional Federal Government troops using hit-and-run tactics, killing four soldiers.[2] In Elwak, Al-Shabaab ambushed government soldiers, killing ten. One military vehicle belonging to Somali military forces was burnt, and two others were damaged by gunshots in the skirmish.[citation needed]

Some 36 Al-Shabaab fighters were killed after fighting with Somali army in the village of Tulo Barwaqo just outside Garbaharey town.[3] Al-Shabaab launched an ambush attack on Somali forces in Gedo region. Al-Shabaab are said to have ambushed government forces flanked by military vehicles at the village of Kured just outside Luuq District. At least 5 persons, all the combatants, were killed and dozens more injured during the confrontation.[4] 27 gunmen from pro-government Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a group were killed in the skirmishes this day and 8 transitional government troops.[citation needed]

In Luuq, Al-Shabaab fighters ambushed Somali army forces, killing at least 10 people, mostly from the combatants, and injuring dozens more.[5] A total of 24 Somali forces lost their lives and two military vehicles were destroyed that day.[citation needed]

A clash erupted in the village of Burgadud near Garbaharey when Somali forces launched premeditated attacks on Al-Shabaab fighters, at last 6 government soldiers were wounded.[6] Somali troops and ASWJ forces took over the cities of Tulo Barwaqo and Garbaharey when Al-Shabaab fighters reportedly abandoned the towns.[7] At the same time Al-Shabaab claim victory in these fighting. At least 10 Al-Shabaab fighters have been killed during the confrontations and two military vehicles from Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a were reported seized.[8]

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