19 May 2012

East Africa: Somali, Kenya Forces Battle Al Shabab in Southern Somalia

Tabta — Heavy fighting between Somali government forces backed byKenya army and Al Qaeda-aligned militants of Al shabab is reportedly took place in parts of southern region of Lower Jubba region.

Tense situations are also reportedly rose at Taabta village after Somalia and Kenya forces moved towards Al shabab rebel-held areas in Lower Jubba region of southern Somalia

Military officers vowed that their troops are well equipped and will continue pushing Al shabab forward and ensure that liberated areas are occupied by the Transitional Government of Somalia soldiers.

Figures on the casualties from Saturday's fighting at Taabta village are yet established as both warring sides escalate the conflict and getting reinforcements.

Both Somali and Al shabab officials have made any comments about the battle so far.

Al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, is locked in a battle with the weak UN-back interim government for control of the parts of the country which are currently outside its power, particularly the capital,Mogadishu.

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