Al-Shabaab takes key town in northern Somalia

Al-Shabaab takes key town in northern Somalia

Al-Shabaab militants on Monday took control of Garacad town in Puntland, northern Somalia and later raised their flag in the city centre, officials and residents said Tuesday. Mayor of Garacad town Abdinur Abdullahi Hersi said the coastal town, which is located in the Mudug region, was seized without resistance by dozens of militants who have arrived there with three boats.

Hersi said insurgents including foreign jihadists stormed the town and took over the town. “Al-Shabaab fighters captured the town. They came here in boats and residents are evacuating. I have also fled the town, the armed militants came from Haradhere town in Mudug region in hundreds,” he added.

Al-Shabaab controls Harardhere town and several key areas in Mudug and Galgaduud regions of central Somalia, whereas Galmudug state is planning to take over and expand its administration. Read more

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