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Monday, 7 September 2015

Al Shabaab militants retake Somali town from African Union

A town in central Somalia have been seized by Al Shabaab insurgents on Sunday after African Union forces left the area, The third town the terrorist group have seized since Friday.

The terrorist group, which seeks to overthrow the Western backed government in Somalia and impose its strict version of Islamic Sharia law, has remained a potent threat in the region even after being forced out of the capital Mogadishu in 2011.

The African Union peacekeeping force, AMISOM, left Buqda on Saturday night, less than a month after taking control of the town, an economic centre of the Hiran region, from al Shabaab.

"We have taken Buqda town peacefully today. The town is now under our control," said Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military spokesman.

Ahmed Nur, a senior Somali military officer, acknowledged that military forces had left the town, but said this was to engage al Shabaab elsewhere, and that it would return.

"AMISOM and our troops have gone to launch operations against al Shabaab strongholds in the region," he said.

Residents said they had been treated brutally by both sides, but some said they welcomed the return of al Shabaab.

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