5 January 2012

Somalia: Tension Runs High in Afmadow Town of Southern Somalia

Mogadishu — Tense situation and military movement between Somali government soldiers aiding by Kenyan military forces and Al-shabab militants stir up Thursday in rebel-held Afmadow town in Lower Jubba region of southern Somalia, 620 km south of the capital Mogadishu, according to the local residents.

Witnesses say there are around the town, military movement and reinforcement making by the joint forces of Somalia and Kenya government against Al-shabab fighters in Afamdow which is under the control of the militants, sparking off fear among locals.

Reports also indicated that Al-shabab officials spoke publicly people in the town and encouraged to the local residents to take part what they called 'holly war' and defend against the advancing troops towards Afmadow town from allied TFG and Kenya governments.

There are mass displacements inside Afmadow town making by the local residents in fear possible battle from the forces massing around the city of and were prepared to enter the city and began heading towards suburbs of the town and remote villages for survival.

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