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Allied Forces Liberate Villages Around Beledweyne

Saturday, June 22, 2013

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Somali government forces backed by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Ethiopian troops seized several villages surrounding Beledweyne from al-Shabaab Sunday evening (June 16th), UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

The troops captured villages including Luq-Jesow, Baar, El Ali and Bardhere, according to AMISOM commander in the Hiran region Colonel Osman Dubad.

At least 11 al-Shabaab fighters and sympathisers were detained in the operation, he said, vowing to continue operations to flush al-Shabaab from the area.

Somali troops took Beledweyne from al-Shabaab in December 2011, although the city has been the site of subsequent al-Shabaab ambushes. The city is currently the site of an AMISOM training programme for Somali soldiers.


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