Somali gov't captures southern town from Al-Shabaab

According to witnesses, the forces recaptured the town in the southwestern Bakool region after fierce clashes with Al-Shabaab group, which seeks to overthrow the central government in Mogadishu.

Somali gov't captures southern town from Al-Shabaab

World Bulletin / News Desk

Government and African peacekeepers on Wednesday captured Rab Dhuure, a town in southern Somalia, from Al-Shabaab militants, eyewitnesses said.

According to witnesses, the forces recaptured the town in the southwestern Bakool region after fierce clashes with Al-Shabaab group, which seeks to overthrow the central government in Mogadishu.

Deputy Governor of Bakool region Abdel-Nour Mohamed said confirmed the recapture of the town.

"This is a major military victory," he told AA.

Anadolu Agency could not get immediate comments from Al-Shabaab militiamen on the claim.

The militia, however, continues to control several towns in the Central Shebelle region, amid repeated announcements by the government of a large scale military operation to hunt down the group in the south-central region.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday extended until October 25 a partial arms embargo on Somalia.

The Security Council condemned any breach of the embargo by any countries that deliver arms to the Horn of Africa state.

The resolution, which was proposed by the UK, describes the situation in Somalia as a "threat" to world peace and security.

Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The country appeared to have stabilized recently with the installation of a new government and the intervention of African Union troops tasked with combatting Al-Shabaab.

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