Somalia's al Shabaab captures town on Ethiopia border

The northern town of Elberde has recently been used as a base for newly trained government forces from regions in southern Somalia.

Somalia's al Shabaab captures town on Ethiopia border

Somalia's al Shabaab fighters on Saturday captured a town on the border with Ethiopia after government forces fled, a militia commander and a local resident said.

The northern town of Elberde has recently been used as a base for newly trained government forces from regions in southern Somalia.

"The Mujahideen are at last controlling the district, we have destroyed the enemy base and forced them to flee," Sheikh Hasan Mo'alim Takow, an al Shabaab commander, told Reuters.

Ali Nur Adam, an Elberde resident, told Reuters: "Heavily armed al Shabaab fighters attacked the town on Saturday, leading to a fierce gun battle which killed one and injured three others of the warring groups."

He said government forces vacated the district and crossed into Ethiopia. It was not known to which side the dead fighter belonged.


Reuters

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