The African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops backed by Somali National Army (SNA) captured a key location in southern Somalia from Al-Shabaab militant group Thursday.

“Our AU forces, together with SNA, took control of Abdalla Birole location. The militants fled the area and there were no casualties during the operation from our side,” AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Force Spokesman Joe Kibet told Xinhua by phone.

Abdalla Birole location lies about some 60 kilometers west of Kismayo town, the administrative capital of southern Somalia’s Jubaland State.


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