3 February 2013

Somalia: Allied Forces Push Al-Shabaab Out of Luq Jelow and Baar

Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces on Friday (February 1st) took control of the villages Luq Jelow and Baar without violence, UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

Al-Shabaab had pulled out of the towns before the allied forces took control, said army officer Tawane Ahmed Gurey, who added that the soldiers would continue pursuing the militants until the entire region was under Somali government control.

The capture of Luq Jelow and Baar, 30 kilometres from Beledweyne in the Hiran region, follows a militant attack on a Somali and AMISOM military base Friday, in which an estimated 12 al-Shabaab members were killed.

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