April 07, 2012
Transitional Federal Government forces and Ethiopian troops seized two districts in Bay region in Southwestern Somalia yesterday.
Al-Shabaab militants abandoned Burhakaba and Qansah-dhere towns, about 200 and 180 km southwest of Mogadishu, the TFG reported.
“This is the third district in Bay region seized by pro-government forces,” said Mr Mohamed Hussein Afarale, a member of Somalia’s Parliament, who was with the advancing troops.
The MP made the remarks when the Ethiopians and the pro-government forces captured Qansah-dhere towns.
The advancing troops came from Baidoa town, 240 km southwest of Mogadishu, which Al-Shabaab lost in February.
“We took over Burhakaba and Qansah-dhere without resistance,” remarked Hon. Afarale.
Meanwhile, after five years of peacekeeping operations in Mogadishu, the first unit of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), was deployed to an upcountry district on Thursday.
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