Militant group al-Shabaab has claimed to have captured a town in central Somalia
– Photos of the group inside the town of Mogokori have emerged showing the militants patrolling the town
– The terror group took over the town after the withdrawal of Ethiopian forces
Militant terror group al-Shabaab has claimed to have taken over a major town in central Somalia with pictures emerging of the group patrolling the town.
The terror militants captured the town of Mogokori after Ethiopian forces withdrew from the town.
The capture of the town by the terror group is a blow against war on terror after gains made by the African Mission in Somalia (Amisom) to flush the militants from Somalia.
In photos that have emerged show the militants patrolling the town carrying their black flags.
The militants also dug trenches around the town for a possible confrontation with Amisom forces who are expected to attempt recapture it again.
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Ethiopian forces first captured the town in 2014 after managing to defeat the terror group in the Hiraan region.
An al-Shabaab-affiliated Telegram account released a statement on Wednesday, September 21, in which the militant group claimed control over Mogokori and surrounding areas.
The claims by the Jihadist group was confirmed by several Somali media outlets.
The Somalia based militant group al-Shabaab is an offshoot of the Islamic courts that controlled Mogadishu and Southern Somalia.
The group has carried out attacks in Kenya and Somalia with the Garrisa University attack and Westagate raid regarded as the bloodiest by the group outside Somalia.
In January 2016 the group ambushed the KDF camp in El Adde in a dawn attack inflicting heavy losses on the Kenyan military.