Ethiopian troops enter Somalia to 'hunt Al-Shabaab'
ADDIS ABABA - Anadolu Agency
Although it did not claim responsibility, al-Shabaab is held responsible for the Oct. 14 truck bomb in Mogadishu that killed 358 people.
On Thursday, media reports cited residents in Somali border towns as saying large numbers of Ethiopian troops and armor had crossed.
However, Alem described the cross-border operation as routine.
"Ethiopia will continue to give similar support to the Somali government,” he added, declining to give further details, including the number of soldiers involved.
Last week, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was in Addis Ababa calling for more troops to support his army in the fight against al-Shabaab.