Somali National Army and AMISOM forces moved into Bur-Hakaba on Wednesday morning (February 27th). Bur-Hakaba in Bay region is a strategic town on the road from Mogadishu to Baidoa, 170 kms from Mogadishu and about 70 kms from Baidoa. The road also links Mogadishu to Bay, Bakool and Gedo regions.
The allied forces have been advancing steadily on Bur-Hakaba from both Baidoa and from the south east, from Wanle Weyne. Al-Shabaab forces finally abandoned the town which they had held for four years without fighting and hundreds of residents took to the streets to welcome the government forces as they arrived.
Somali Army Commander, General Abdikarin Yussuf Adan said the allied forces were now in full control of the town and this success would help to secure more towns in the region.