Unpaid Somali troops vacate Gofgadud town
Somali government forces have pulled out of Goofgaduud, a key area located around 30Km north of Baidoa for second time in a week over unpaid payments, a military commander said.
The military officer spoke to Radio Shabelle over the phone, on condition of anonymity, because he was authorized to speak to the media.
The area fell to Al shabaab militants shortly after the Somali troops left on Tuesday afternoon. The militants implored residents, to announce their presence in Goofgaduud.
Heavily armed truck-loaded Al shabaab fighters poured into Goofgaduud village, without encountering a resistance from Somali national and south west state forces, according to a resident.
The retreating Somali soldiers gave access Al shabaab to retake several bases in south of Somalia, as Ethiopian troops who are not part of AMISOM began withdrawing from parts of the country.
Al shabaab is making a quick comeback as Somalia is in final preparation for a presidential election due in later this month, ending four year-term of the current federal government led by Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.