Somali town back in government hands after Shabaab attack

Witnesses say Shabaab fighters entered Elwak disguised as Kenyan soldiers and riding in military vehicles they had captured from the Kenyan armySomali government troops backed by African peacekeepers have retaken control of a town close to the Kenyan border hours after its seizure by heavily-armed Shabaab jihadists, officials and witnesses said. “Somali government forces and AMISOM peacekeepers took full control of Elwak this morning, the violent elements have fled before the forces reached them,”,Elwak Commissioner Ibrahim Guled told reporters. In January, the Al-Qaeda aligned jihadist group razed a base run by the Kenyan contingent of AMISOM — the African Union Mission in Somalia — in El-Alde in the south, seizing arms and large quantities of munitions.

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