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AU, Somali forces capture key town in central Somalia

AU, Somali forces capture key town in central Somalia

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Somali National Army backed by the AU peacekeeping troops have captured Galcad town in the Galdugud region of central Somalia.

Somali authority said this comes after Al-Shabaab militants withdrew from the town, Shanghai Daily reports.

Governor of Elbur town in the same region confirmed that Galcad town fell into the hands of the allied forces operating in the region without any confrontation.

The joint forces got information about the militant group who withdrew from the town and immediately took control of Galcad.

“The joint forces got information about the militant group who withdrew from the town and immediately took control of Galcad which is between Elbur and Eldher towns in the region, the fall came peacefully,” he said.

Last week, the joint forces captured Bud-bud location about 30 kilometers to Galcad east of Galgudud region under Galmudug State in the country.

The militant group is yet to comment on the reason for their withdrawal from the region.

The group also suffered great losses after heavy fighting with forces of Galmudug State in mid march.