Al-Shabaab briefly seizes the town of Bal’ad in Somalia

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Al-Shabaab briefly seizes the town of Bal’ad in Somalia

BAL’AD, Somalia – Al-Shabaab militants briefly took control of the town of Bal’ad in northwest Somalia, in the latest standoff that comes amid escalating political tensions in the Horn country. of Africa, grappling with instability.

Reports say militants stormed the town which lies 37 kilometers north of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Thursday morning, further controlling the town, which is strategic for the military in the surrounding area.

Activists launched a series of attacks in the city before taking full control, according to eyewitnesses. However, the number of casualties remains to be determined but the city is in Hirshabelle, a state prone to such attacks.

But the latest reports indicate that the Somali National Army [SNA] have since rejected Al-Shabaab’s temporary takeover of the town of Bal’ad in Somalia. The soldiers reportedly opened fire to resist the seizure before successfully driving the militants out of town.

Additionally, military sources claim that at least three Al-Shabaab terrorists were killed when the military resisted the takeover of the city. Throughout the struggle against Al-Shabaab in Somalia, the military has often used Bal’ad as a strategic city when launching operations.

The incident comes after a report compiled by the Financial Times reported that the current political stalemate in Somalia has sparked a resurgence of Al-Shabaab terrorists in the country. According to the report, activists are taking advantage.

Currently, outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble are arguing over security control and the electoral exercise. Roble insists he is the leader of a transition and must be respected.

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