19 March 2019

Somalia: Al-Shabaab Recaptures Town in Gedo Kenyan Military Retreat

Photo: Jared Nyataya/Nation
Kenyan soldiers during their "Operation Linda Nchi" against the Somali Al-Shabaab militia (file photo).

Heavily armed fighters from Al-Shabaab were reported to have retaken full control of a small town in Gedo region, southwest of Somalia, residents said Tuesday.

The militants in fighting vehicles rolled into Busar, located about 40 Km South of El-Wak town situated near Somalia's porous border with Kenya.

The takeover came following the withdrawal of Kenyan forces who have been in control of the town since 2012, according to a local resident, who spoke to Radio Shabelle over the phone.

Al-Shabaab fighters retook the area in Gedo region without a battle and announced their come-back in a public square where militant commanders lectured the villagers.

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