al shabaab defeated

Somali troops capture key port town from al-Shabab

BBC reports that Somali government troops backed by African Union forces have captured Barawe, a key stronghold of al-Shabab Islamists, according to the local officials.

The government now controls all the sea ports along the coast of Somalia, blocking off supply lines, and the AU says al-Shabab, who had held the town for six years, used it as a base to launch attacks on the capital.

Al-Shabab had begun withdrawing from the key port town on Friday, and have lost control of several towns in the past month. They however still control large swathes of territory in rural areas.

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