Somali , Ethiopia forces expel Al-Shabaab from Hudur, Bakol region

BELEDWEYNE, Somalia (Keydmedia) - At least 18 people were confirmed to have been killed and many others injured in a fierce fighting between Allied forces from Somalia and Ethiopia and Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab group in Somalia, Keydmedia reports.
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The fighting erupted when Al shabab insurgents have overnight about 10:15 p.m. (local time) attacked with mortars and machine-guns on several military bases manned by Somali and Ethiopian forces on the outskirts of Hudur town, the provincial capital of Bakol region, south west Mogadishu.

“On Tuesday nighttime, both Somalia and Ethiopian forces positioned around Hudur were attacked by the militants. Our forces expelled the terrorists from the city and killed 18 fighters, their dead bodies will be displayed to the Media soon. We will continue fighting until we liberate the entire region,” Mohammed Moallin Ahmed told Keydmedia English News by telephone.

The liberation of the strategic city of Hudur by allied Ethiopian and Somali government forces represents a harsh blow and a new military setback for the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab group, government officials and political analysts say.

Somali forces and supporting Ethiopian troops took hold of Hudur, capital of the Bakool region in southwest Somalia , on Thursday (March 22nd). Al-Shabaab had been using the city as a training base. - Mogadishu , Somalia

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