Published On: Sat, Sep 17th, 2016

Al shabaab seized military vehicles from El Wak: Kibet

The spokesman of the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Lt Col Joe Kibet has confirmed a deadly attack on Somali military base in El Wak city of Gedo region Al shabaab on Friday afternoon.

Speaking in a phone interview with Radio Shabelle, Mr Kibet said Al shabaab managed to infiltrate into the Somali base, and seize several battle wagons during Friday’s attack on El Wak town.

He added Somali military forces lost several combatants in the battle, in which the local residents said resulted an ambush assault that led the city to fall to Al shabaab fighters.

After seizing full control of the town, the Al shabaab fighters hoisted their flag on the city’s main administrative headquarters  and police station as they lectured residents through loud speakers.

On Saturday morning, Somali government troops recaptured the town after Al shabaab militants who seized it withdrew upon the advance of the national army, according to residents.

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