Published On: Tue, Aug 23rd, 2016

Somali, AU troops ‘regain ground’ from Al Shabaab

Somali troops backed by African Union soldiers have recaptured new positions near Beledweyne, the regional capital of Hiiraan on Tuesday after a joint military operations.

The allied troops have wrested full control of Luuq Jelow, Baar and among others without engaging warfare with Al Shabaab fighters who left the areas upon the army’s advance.

Confirming the take-over, Col Mohamed Omar who is the commander of Somali military forces in the region, said they are currently in ‘full control’ of the grounds.

Al Shabaab militants did not comment on the fall of the villages, and the claim of the Somali military. There was no independent source verifying capture of the areas near Beledweyne.

In the past few month, Somali and AMISOM troops have been advancing on areas under the control of Al Shabaab in Hiireen region of central Somalia.

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