Somali troops seize southwestern city from Shabaab

The Somali government has unleashed a major offensive to flush out the militant group from areas under its control.

Somali troops seize southwestern city from Shabaab

Somali government forces and African peacekeepers have seized control of the southwestern city of Wajid, the state-run TV announced on Sunday.

The broadcast said the city, which is part of the southwestern Bakool region, fell after fierce clashes with the Al-Shabaab militant group.

The city's governor had told Anadolu Agency on Saturday that Al-Shabaab militants had pulled out of the city without fighting.

The Somali government has unleashed a major offensive to flush out the militant group from areas under its control.

Al-Shabaab continues to control several towns in the southeastern Lower Shebelle region.

In November, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud vowed that 2014 would witness the end of the militant group.

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

The country had appeared to inch closer to stability with the recent installation of a new government and the intervention of African Union troops tasked with combatting Al-Shabaab.

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