Somalia: Government forces recapture town after Al Shabaab retreat
TIYEGLOW, Somalia– Southwest military forces backed by Somali National Army (SNA) have wrested full control of the southern town of Tiyeglow in Bakool region from Al Shabaab militants on Monday, Garowe Online reports.
A senior Southwest state official, told GO that their forces, along with SNA had "stormed the town of Tiyeglow without resistance soon after the insurgents pulled out".
Yesterday, the allied troops had successfully retaken El Garas area also in Bakool region before seizing Tiyeglow district in Bakool region in southern Somalia, which came under Al Shabaab control in October.
Earlier last month, Ethiopian troops serving with African Union peacekeeping troops (AMISOM) have pulled out of several key areas in southern and central Somalia, giving Al Shabaab access to comeback.
But Somali Federal government has announced it will push Al Shabaab out of the remaining pockets which they seized from SNA and AMISOM forces.
Al Shabaab was forced out of Mogadishu, five years ago, but the group still continues to launch regular attacks on military and civilian targets in its fight to overthrow the weak western-backed Somali government.