Heavy battles erupt in Lower Shabelle as AMISOM begin offensive on Shabaab strongholds
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Heavy battles have commenced between the Ugandan led AMISOM forces and the Islamic Al-Shabaab militants in and around the town of Bulomarer and other places in the Lower Shabelle region.
A large number of AMISOM forces with tanks and armored vehicles accompanied by Somali troops left the town of Shalambod earlier this morning to begin their attack on Al-Shabaab strongholds, leading to the eruption of heavy fights in places such as Golweyn and Sinai in the Lower Shabelle region.
As the AMISOM attempted to push their way through the Lower Shabelle in hopes of reaching the coastal town of Barawe, the fighting has spread to the town of Bulomarer, which has come under intense shelling by the AMISOM forces, causing the remaining residents to flee.
According to the Somali government appointed governor of the region Abdulqadir Sidi, the AMISOM and Somali government forces reached Bulomarer while facing stiff resistance from Al-Shabaab who are fighting from the surrounding farmlands. He further expressed confidence of taking over the town completely soon.
The ongoing battles are part of larger scale offensive by the AMISOM and Somali government troops named “Indian Ocean” in an attempt to push Al-Shabaab out of remaining regions in South and Central Somalia and to capture their territories and strongholds. However the offensive will face setbacks, as the Islamist group is known to withdraw from cities after putting up little resistance in order to wage a guerrilla warfare, cutting of supplies and routes.