MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali armed group Al Shabaab has taken control of Mahaday town, after country’s pulled out over delayed payments.
Mayor of the town, Ahmed Hussien says the troops had made sudden pull out, amid army strike over unpaid salaries continued.
The country’s army forces reportedly vacated their military front lines, according to Hussein.
He says the militants had taken control of the town, after government troops’ withdrawal.
The military forces are reportedly heading to Somali capital Mogadishu.
It is the third town seized by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab for the last couple days.
The seizure comes a day after A-Shabab has brifly taken over Bal’ad town, some 30km north of Mogadishu.
Somalia National Army (SNA) pulled out of their positions to protest over salary arrears.