Somali army captures strategic southeastern town from Al-Shabaab

The US-trained Somali military force, known as Danab, this morning captured a stronghold of the militant group Al-Shabaab in Somalia’s lower Shabelle region, state media outlets report.

The heavily armed Danab forces entered the town of Awdhegle in Lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia, and dislodged Al-Shabaab fighters from the strategic town, officials told Somaliaffairs.

Awdhegle town, which is about 70km southeast of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has been an Al-Shabaab stronghold for several years and was targeted by US air strikes in the past.

After capturing the town, the troops launched a security operation to arrest Al-Shabaab suspects who were reportedly hiding in the villages on the outskirts of the town.

According to a local resident, the Al-Shabaab militants fled from the town after an hour-long gun battle with the Somali forces.