Published On: Wed, Oct 19th, 2016

Govt troops retake Afgoye as death toll jumps to 15

Somali government forces backed by African Union forces (AMISOM) wrested full control of Afgoye town, about 30km northwest of the capital Mogadishu, according to residents.

The Somali military, along with AMISOM soldiers retaken the district from al-Shabaab militants who seized the key city on Tuesday following a deadly car bomb and gun attack.

AMISOM said in a Twitter post  that Somali National Army were still in control of Afgoye after the attack and remained on vigilant to thwart such desperate attempts by Al Shabaab.

AU mission added Somali police officers held off the Al Shabaab attack until government military and AMISOM troops reinforcement arrived in the town immediately.

The death toll from Tuesday’s attack on Afgoye has risen to 15, including six senior army officers, while up to 30 others were wounded and admitted to hospital, medics said.

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