Troops in Somalia advance into rebel-held corridor

African Union and Somali forces captured new territory outside Mogadishu that has long been controlled by militant fighters, officials said Wednesday.

Tanks are tearing through the thorny scrubland to the northwest of Mogadishu, where tens of thousands of internal refugees live in informal camps in an area known as the Afgoye corridor. Troops on Wednesday were about 9 kilometers (6 miles) from Afgoye town following the launch of the operation on Tuesday.

African Union and Somali forces pushed al-Shabab militants out of Mogadishu last August. The forces are now trying to take control of areas outside of Mogadishu.

“Our main effort lies in fighting the terrorism,” Ugandan Brig. Paul Lokeck told reporters visiting the front line. “The enemy has been fleeing toward Merca” he said, referring to a coastal town in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region.

 

Source: AP

Facebook Commnets

Horseed Media is using Facebook comments on stories. To post a comment, log into Facebook and then add your comment. We ask you to avoid personal attacks, and please keep your comments relevant and respectful. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report spam or abuse. Commenting policy can be found HERE »