SOMALIA: Amisom says they have siezed Wanlaweyn district
Mogadishu (RBC) Somali government forces with the support of AMISOM troops have confirmed that they have secured the strategic town of Wanla Weyn on the Afgooye to Baidoa corridor in lower Shabelle. Wanla Weyn is 93km from Mogadishu.
The seizure of this town comes one day after AMISOM troops began their 211
km advance from Afgooye to Baidoa with aim of connecting the two regions.
Wanla Weyn town falls at a strategic junction linking the two Shabelle
regions to Baidoa and Beletweyne.
This advance is expected to deny fleeing Al Shabaab insurgents from seeking
refuge and destabilizing other regions of the country.
“Securing Wanla Wein will allow for free movement of the population who have
been restricted until now, unable to go about their daily trade and business
due to the restrictions of Al-Shabaab. It will also facilitate the provision of much needed humanitarian assistance to the local population.” AMISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti said in a statement emailed to RBC Radio
Meanwhile, The ;leading officer of Somalia national army, Gen Abdukarim Yusuf Adem ‘Dhagabadan’ told RBC Radio that they reached Wanla weyn town during Saturday’s operation and that the forces will be heading to Ballidogle, the former air strip of former Somalia air forces.