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SNA and AMISOM troops recapture Qoordhere from Al-Shabab

Storyline:National News

After approaching their way into Qoordhere locality of Middle Shabelle region, Somali National Army backed by African Union peace keepers took control without fighting on Thursday.

Residents confirmed to the media that the government forces alongside with AMISOM took over the village early Sunday morning while there was no engagement.

Eyewitnesses told Goobjoog News that the allied forces raided the area from different sides with Al-Shabab reportedly fleeing the area making it possible for the National forces to take over the area without firing a single shot.

“The Somali forces and peacekeepers of AMISOM took control of Qoordhere and now the situation has returned to normal. Al-Shabab fighters ran away,” local resident reached by telephone from Mogadishu told the Goobjoog News.

He added “Al-Shabab fighters abandoned the area last night and shifted to nearby base before SNA and AMISOM troops moved in Biya-Adde.”

The seizure comes at a time when state formation conference for Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle regions is going on.

Al-Shabab has yet to comment on the recent loss of Biya-Adde which is part of the areas they use to control.

Al-Shabab lost key strongholds in between 2012 and 2013 to the AU troops and Somali national army, but the group has since carried out deadly attacks in the Somali capital.