Abukar Ja’far, the commissioner of Mogadishu’s Hodan district told reporters that Somalia military forces aiding Ahlu Suna and AMISOM troops managed to push the fighters of Al-Shabab back seizing new strategic positions in the district.
“Today the military forces launched new operations and fortunately they realized remarkable victory by seizing Bakaro junction which is very important area” the commissioner said as he hosted local and international reporters to the frontline to show the captured bases.Residents in Hodan district told RBC Radio that early on Saturday morning the government forces with AMISOM infantry were seen approaching the market which is biggest commercial centre in the capital Mogadishu.
At least three persons were killed while two others injured in today’s fresh fighting, officials of Mogadishu ambulance service confirmed to terror free somalia .
Al-Shabab officials have not yet commented on the issue as local unnamed sources said that some of Al-Shabab fighters begun to withdraw from many of their stronghold bases near the market.
Somali government forces have seized Kudhaa Island, a strategic hideout for Al Shabab, which is 130 km west of the key port city of Kismayo.Somali government army official, Mohamed Hasan Bule, told terror free somalia, on Friday afternoon the island is currently under their control, adding that they captured weapons and armed vehicles from the fleeing Al Shabab militias.Bule added that the defeated militias of Al Shabab disappeared into the thick forest, and vowed to chase them out of the island.
A resident in Kudhaa island who requested to remain anonymous, told Bar-kulan that government ambushed the town, and managed to capture it in a short period of time, thus leaving minor casualties and no civilian fatalities.Al Shabab militias have recently lost many key cities which border Kenya and Ethiopia, and the frontline against the militias has now moved close to Kismayo, the provincial capital of the Lowe Jubba region.