Al Shabaab takes Somali town from Ethiopian, govt troops; no resistance

October 26, 2016

Reuters – Islamist militant group al Shabaab took control on Wednesday of a town in southern Somalia after African Union peacekeepers and government troops abandoned it, residents and the group said.

Ethiopian troops in the peacekeeping force known as AMISOM, government soldiers and al Shabaab have fought many times this year over control of Tiyeeglow district. When troops secured it, al Shabaab has strived to isolate it.

Al Shabaab said it took Tiyeeglow district near the Ethiopian border after the Ethiopian and Somali soldiers moved to Hudur, the Bakool region’s capital.

Tiyeeglow district is important because it links Bakool to Hiiran region, where al Shabaab have taken over three towns this month.

“Now we see hundreds of al Shabaab fighters and its banner flapping in the centre of the town. The Ethiopian and Somali troops moved out yesterday and last night,” local elder Maamad Nuur told Reuters.

“There is much fear.”

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, confirmed the take over the town.

“We entered Tiyeeglow district the minute the Ethiopian troops left early this morning. We now fully control it,” he said.

Ethiopian and Somali government officials were not available to comment.
Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, which once ruled much of Somalia, wants to topple the Western-backed government in Mogadishu and drive out AMISOM peacekeepers also made up of soldiers from Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda and other African nations.

In a sign of their capability to strike, the group rammed a military base with a suicide truck bomb, shot dead an intelligence officer and killed 12 people in a Kenyan border town in a series of strikes over 24 hours to Tuesday


2 comments on “Al Shabaab takes Somali town from Ethiopian, govt troops; no resistance

  1. I tried to decipher the real reason for the continuous withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from the Somalian territory. Some people attributes it to the shortage of soldiers to enforce the so-called state of emergency in Ethiopia. That can be one reason, but I think the main reason is to show the West how Ethiopia is important in deterring Al Shabab. The possible effect of this is the West will be forced to turn a blind eye to the ongoing suppression of human rights in Ethiopia so that Ethiopia will resume restoring order in Somalia.

  2. Seriously, they don’t have enough security personnel on the ground that can sustainably suppress the mass uprising let alone giving assurance to foreign investors to resume their activities. I think the current government should cut the State of Emergency to 3 months and immediately start a radical change. I am of the opinion that Lidetu’s proposal is probably the best road map that can build confidence in the people and bring meaningful change in Ethiopia.

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