MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali army forces backed by Djibouti forces under African Union peacekeeping force have re-captured Burweyn town, a major Al-Shabaab taxation hub in Hiran region.
The coalition forces moved into the town, shortly after the withdrawal of the Al Shabab militants, according to local residents, who asked to be anonymous.
The seizure of the town comes as Somali army forces liberated several towns from Al Shabaab for the past months.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.