What is the lesson learned from historic victory in Al-Shabaab war?
Galmudug state leader failed in the security and the fight against Al-Shabaab after spending most of his time staying in Mogadishu for Farmajo's interests.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - A resident says heavily armed Al-Shabaab fighters moved into a key town in central Somalia on Tuesday midnight without encountering resistance from troops.
The gun-toting militants have peacefully seized control of El-dhere, small but a strategic town that lies about 30Kms east of Dhusamareb, the Galmudug capital.
Al-Shabaab blew up the town’s key structures, including the police station, the administrative headquarters, and the court complex using IEDs, according to a resident.
The terrorists withdrew from the area following a brief control and retreated back to Bulacle, a nearby Al-Shabaab stronghold located on the outskirts of Dhusamareb city.
Galmudug forces were reportedly regained control of the village after Al-Shabaab's exit and began military movement to ensure the security of the regional capital.
Al-Shabaab has on Tuesday captured Mataban town in the Hiran region, central Somalia which was under Galmudug control. The group left the key district on the same day.
Galmudug faces a security crisis as Villa Somalia is accused of meddling in the state’s affairs. Mogadishu sent forces to the region during an anti-ASWJ offensive in October.
Galmudug state leader failed in the security and the fight against Al-Shabaab after spending most of his time staying in Mogadishu working on Farmajo's re-election comapign.
The offensive was launched without relying on the African Union forces, who have been reluctant since 2007 to engage in a real war with Al-Shabaab. The AU mission failed to bring an end to the long and costly war.