Somali government forces backed by AU troops have on Thursday evening seized a key town in central Somalia from the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab.
Somali national army backed by AMISOM troops captured the Al-Shabaab stronghold, Bulo-burte town in Hiran region, bringing to six the number of towns liberated from the Al-Qaeda linked insurgent group in the past two weeks.
The African Union Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif welcomed the seizure of Bulo-burte and said the capture of the town was a major victory for the Somali and AMISOM forces and a boost for the peace restoration process in Somalia.
The joint operations between the Somali National Army and AMISOM which began this month have so far liberated the top 5 cities in the Bay, Bakol and Gedo regions, namely Hudur, Rabdhure,Ted, Weel dheyn and Burdhubo.
“Bulo-burte in Hiraan region was a strategic town for the Al-Shabaab. It was their supply nerve centre and home to hundreds of the Al-Qaeda linked terrorists. The capture of this town by our heroic forces provides a major boost to our efforts to bring peace and stability to Somalia,” Ambassador Annadif said in a press release sent to newsrooms.