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SOMALIA: Al Shabab fighters flee from Barawe town, the latest stronghold in Lower Shabelle region

raxanreebMogadishu (RBC) The fighters of the militant group Al Shabab reportedly fled from Barawe town in Lower Shabelle region, their biggest stronghold in the region amid heavy military assault by the Somali government forces and the African Union mission in Somalia [AMISOM].

Residents in the town who have requested to be anonymous said the fighters of the group started to flee from the town on Friday morning taking their weapons out of the town.

“We are departing but we will be back.” the fighters told residents in Barawe as they were fleeing with their pick ups loaded with armed militias.

“They warned that anybody found collaborating with the government and AU forces will be beheaded.” the unnamed resident told RBC Radio.

Barawe has been for years the largest stronghold for the group’s top officials and its foreign jihadist fighters. The town is about 150km from the country’s capital, Mogadishu.

Meanwhile the joint forces on Tuesday reached Maryan Gubay 20km from Barawe town in the latest military move to oust the Al Qaeda-linked group out of Somalia.

 

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