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Iran Press TV

Somalia forces, African Union troops seize strategic town of Burhakaba

Iran Press TV

Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:34PM

African Union (AU) troops along with Somali government forces have taken control of the town of Burhakaba, a former stronghold of al-Shabab fighters.

"Our forces took control of Burhakaba… and we are clearing any bombs that might have been planted," AFP quoted Somalia's Deputy Army Commander Abdikarin Yusuf Dhegobadan as saying on Wednesday.

"A road stretch of only 30 kilometers remains out of our control…We are going to flush them (Al-Shabab militants) out," he added.

The strategic town is located some 190 kilometers (120 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu.

In November 2012, Somali government forces and AU troops took control of key areas near Afgoye town, located in the Shabeellaha Hoose region, 27 kilometers (16 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu, after they launched operations against al-Shabab militants.

In August 2012, the Federal Government of Somalia took over from the embattled Transitional Federal Government, which had failed to patch up warring armed groups and restore peace despite support from African and Western governments.

The al-Shabab group has vowed to topple President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who took office in September, 2012 after being chosen by the country's new parliament.

MAM/JR



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