20 August 2017

Somalia: Relative Calm Returns to Somali Town After Retreat of Al-Shabaab

Photo: VOA
African Union Mission in Somalia (file photo).

The Southern Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Southwest said on Sunday a relative calm has returned to Bariire, 60Km northwest of Mogadishu after retreat of Al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab militants were flushed out of the key town, following a joint military offensive by Somali and AMISOM forces, with the support of U.S. troops in Saturday.

Abdirisack Aden Abdi, the deputy Minister of Security for the Southwest state, told Radio Shabelle that they welcomed the capture of Bariire from Al shabaab fighters.

"Bariire's seizure was a blow to Al shabaab, and significant victory for the central government and Southwest administration and a pivotal moment in defeating Al shabaab," Abdi added.

Residents said that since the arrival of SNA and AMISOM troops on Saturday, the situation is changing for the better.

The town of Bariire has been recaptured several times in the past by the Somali and AMISOM forces, but withdrew from it later due the persistent Al shabaab attacks.

More on This

Forces Capture Key Al-Shabaab Town of Bariire

African Union and Somali government forces have captured the town of Bariire, a strategic militant base in the south of… Read more »

Copyright © 2017 Shabelle Media Network. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.