Bal‘ad (SD) – Somali Federal Government forces have reportedly withdrawn from areas west of Bal’ad in the Middle Shabelle region as Al Shabab fighters return to those areas.
The areas vacated by the government federal forces include Basra, Daniga Balow, Bulo Kunto, Walamoy and others.
The government forces have been conducting operations in the western part of Bal’ad district for the past few days and during their stay there they have some suspected youths into custody.
Bal’ad is about 30km from the capital Mogadishu and has been attacked several times by Al Shabab militants, and recent reports from the district indicate that there is a strong sense of fear among the residents.
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