Five towns in Bay, Gedo regions seized from Al-Shabaab

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Addis Ababa, 10 March 2014 (WIC) - In joint operations, the Somali National Army and AMISOM forces have taken over five strategic towns in the Bay region of Somalia from Al-Shabaab.

AMISOM announced over the weekend that the Somali National Army and AMISOM had regained control of Rabdhure, Ted, and Hudur, the regional capital of Bay region, at the end of last week and then advanced to secure Wajid and Buurdhubow in the Gedo region at the weekend, defeating Al-Shabaab terrorist forces and driving them out of these towns.

The African Union Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, thanked the Somali population of the newly recovered towns for their cooperation.

He took the opportunity to appeal once again to the youth forced to join Al-Shabaab to lay down their arms and join their brothers and sisters in the Government controlled areas where they would be welcomed.

In a statement, AMISOM said "Our military advancement will continue until we eliminate the enemy from the rest of the country," and emphasized that these “joint operations signal the beginning of the renewed efforts by the Somali government forces working more closely with AMISOM forces to dislodge al Shabaab from many of its strongholds across the country.(MoFA)