Warsheekh district falls for Somali government and AMISOM

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Addis Ababa, 17 March 2014 (WIC) - Somali government forces backed by the African Union Forces seized Warsheekh district in the Middle Shabelle region in an operation started early morning on Sunday.

The joint forces took the town from al Shabaab fighters without any resistance, the Deputy Governor of Middle Shabelle region Abdi Abdulle said.

Warsheekh is a coastal town on the Indian Ocean, some 90km north of Mogadishu, the country’s capital. The town has been one of the safest places for al Shabab fighters in the region.

Taking over Warsheekh is another frontier on al Shabaab’s warfare against the western backed government in Mogadishu and the African Union led mission in Somalia known as AMISOM.

According to AMISOM, the joint forces so far secured at least six new towns from the al Qaeda-linked group of al Shabaab since the beginning of March in a fresh operation to clear al Shabaab from the country. Somalia’s Federal Government gave the operation code name “Somalia unity operation”.