SNA and AMISOM take key town from Al Shabaab
Somali national army and African union troops that have launched long awaited operation Indian ocean have taken control of key Al Shabaab strong hold town of Bulamarer.
Army and government officials have confirmed to the media about the operation that stated last night.
“Operation Indian Ocean started late last night, the enemy is fleeing and the forces are making successful advances so far,” said Abdukadir Mohamed Nur, the governor of southern Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region.
“The operations will not stop until the Al-Qaeda militants are eliminated,” he added
Witnesses have also reported hearing the sounds of heavy shelling, as well as seeing convoys of tanks and armored vehicles heading towards the al-Shabaab stronghold.
AMISOM and Somali government troops were also seen on roads towards Barawe, the last major port held by the armed group.
The offensive dubbed Operation Indian Ocean is meant to cutoff Al Shabaab arms supply via the sea.
The southern port city of Barawe is now one of the few major strongholds under Al Shabaab control which is vital to group financial support due to the multimillion dollar charcoal trade export.
The fighting comes as UN and aid workers warn large areas of Somalia are struggling with dire hunger and drought, three years after famine killed more than a quarter of a million people.