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Wanla Weyn is 93km from Mogadishu.

The allied forces have also secured Balli Doogle Airbase, a former air force training base, 11kms from Wanla Weyn.

The securing of this town comes one day after AMISOM troops began their 211 km advance from Afgooye to Baidoa with aim of connecting the two regions.

Wanla Weyn town falls at a strategic junction linking the two Shabelle regions to Baidoa and Beletweyne.

This advance is expected to deny fleeing Al Shabaab insurgents from seeking refuge and destabilizing other regions of the country.

AMISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti commended his troops and explained the significance of this move.

“Securing Wanla Wein will allow for free movement of the population who have been restricted until now, unable to go about their daily trade and business due to the restrictions of Al-Shabaab. It will also facilitate the provision of much needed humanitarian assistance to the local population.”

Additionally the capture of this town denies Al Shabaab another source of illegal income after a string of defeats and the loss of their major source of revenue in the seaports of Marka, El-maan and Kismayo.

Al Shabaab had stepped up their extortion of illegal taxes from the local populations in the towns they still control.

According to Gutti, this operation demonstrates AMISOM’s continuing determination to support the people of Somalia as they embark on a new path of renewal and reconstruction.

“AMISOM will continue to bring security to more areas of Somalia so that local people can live their lives and pursue their livelihoods in freedom,” said Gutti.

Other towns such as Balad, Afgoye, Miido, Kismayo among others, were recently secured by the allied forces.


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