27 June 2016

Somalia: Al Shabaab Retakes Town After SNA, AU Troops Exit

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Kenyan security forces at the upmarket mall which was attacked in Nairobi.

Hundreds of gun-toting Al Shabaab fighters in pick-ups have entered peacefully in Goof-Gadud area, located some 30Km north of Baidoa on Sunday after SNA and AMISOM troops withdrew the town.

Unclear why the allied forces moved out of the area, but reports we are getting from Baidoa indicate that the retreat came after the the federal government of Somalia failed to pay salaries of soldiers for months.

Upon their arrival, Al Shabaab fighters raised their flag on the rooftop of the administrative building, police station, and lectured residents to announce their surprise comeback.

Goof-Gaduud falls under Baidoa city and it has changed hands several times since the Somali troops backed by AU forces (AMISOM) pushed militants out of Mogadishu in 2011.

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