AFMADOW, Somalia Aug 29 2012 (Garowe Online) – Somali and
African Union forces battled with Al Shabaab forces in the town of Birta Dheer
70 kms away from the Al Shabaab controlled port city of Kismayo, Garowe Online
Somali government forces and Raskamboni militia alongside
Kenyan forces battled Al Shabaab furiously leading to over 16 deaths and more
than 30 injuries Wednesday morning.
Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces stated that the
operation on an Al Shabaab post in the district of Afmadow in the lower Jubba region
was successful leading to the deaths of over 16 Al Shabaab militants although he
did not speak about government casualties.
Sources indicate that the Somali forces that were battling
Al Shabaab Wednesday morning were assisted by Kenyan planes.
The Al Shabaab had many defensive posts in the district
Afmadow one being Birta Dheer which was reportedly captured on Wednesday.
The Raskamboni militia stated this morning that they had
destroyed Al Shabaab posts in the town of Agah Libah which is located in
Spokesman for Al Shabaab stated this morning that they had
successfully repelled an attack by the allied forces in the Afmadow district
adding that they had pushed back the allied forces.
Independent sources have not verified any accounts made by
the allied forces or Al Shabaab.
However our local sources say that the battle on Wednesday
did push Al Shabaab further east towards Kismayo.
The onslaught on Al Shabaab in the lower Jubba region has
intensified recently as unexplained delays has pushed back the conquering of
Kismayo by August set by the Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.