Al Shabab group captures key town in central Somalia

Read Time:40 Second

 MOGADISHU, Somalia — Heavily armed al-Shabaab militants have on Monday taken control of Mataban town in Hiran region, about 350-km north of Somali capital Mogadishu.

The militants peacefully entered the city after the Galmudug state troops pulled out without a fight or firing a single shot.

They [the militants] were seen encircling the town and moving cautiously into the police station and administrative offices in Mataban.

Local residents told Mareeg Online that al Shabab fighters had destroyed a police station with bomb explosion.

Al-Qaeda affiliated group Al-Shabaab said that its fighters are controlling the town.

The militant group also hoisted their black flag on top of a building in the town, according to residents.

There was no immediate comment from Somali military or Galmudug state over the claims.

About Post Author

Tuuryare

Abdirisaq is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @tuuryare_africa tuuryare10@gmail.com Whatup:00252615990842
Happy
Happy
0 %
Sad
Sad
0 %
Excited
Excited
0 %
Sleepy
Sleepy
0 %
Angry
Angry
0 %
Surprise
Surprise
0 %