Friday, July 20, 2018

Puntland: Al-Shabaab militants capture strategic town of Af Urur

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Somalia’s Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has captured a small but strategic town 100 km (60 miles) south of Bosaso city in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, a military officer, al-Shabaab and residents said on Friday.

Residents in Af Urur told Reuters that the town is now controlled by al-Shabaab.

“When we woke up this morning, we saw many al-Shabaab fighters controlling the town. The (Puntland military) forces had left yesterday,” Ahmed Nur told Reuters from Af Urur by phone on Friday.

Al-Shabaab wants to topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government, expel the African Union-mandated peace keeping force AMISOM and establish a government based on its own strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

The News:
https://www.reuters. … ntland-idUSKBN1KA1OH

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