MOGDISHU(HALBEEG NEWS)-Al-Qaeda linked Al-shabab fighters have taken over the control of villages under Bal’ad district in middle Shabelle region on Saturday.
The militants seized the control of Mukey dheere, Yaaqle and Dhaqax villages without resistance after local militias who manning the bases withdrew from the area, local sources confirm.
The whereabouts of local militias that withdrew from the villages is not known but it is believed that they moved to other areas where they are regrouping.
Sources indicate that Al-shabab threatened the local people not to have connections with the government forces and AMISOM troops or else face consequences.
The administrations of Hirshabelle and middle Shabelle region are yet to comment on this recent takeover of villages by Al-shabab.
Government forces have launched massive security operations aimed to push out Al-shabab fighters from areas outside Bal’ad district.