The African Union Mission In Somalia-AMISOM has reportedly captured Jalalaqsi town from Alshabab militants following a heavy gun battle.
The capture of Jalalaqsi town on Wednesday afternoon, brings to seven the number of towns recaptured from the militants by AMISOM.
According to information obtained, a joint force of Ugandan troops under UGABAG X11 and the Somalia National Army engaged the militants to take over Jalalaqsi town, which is found in Shabelle region.
The attack on Al-shabab forces in Jalalaqsi comes under the new offensive code-named ‘Operation Indian Ocean ‘.
The operation is being conducted jointly by AMISOM and the Somali National Army to rid Somalia of Al-shabab militants.
AMISOM’s official twitter account broke the news of the capture of Jalalaqsi town from the Al-shabab. Jalalaqsi has been under Al-Shabab control for 7 years now and acted as an arms depot and tax collection point for the terror group.
The Somalian government has also offered a 45 day amnesty period for Al-shabab fighters to denounce the war and resettle in the community.
Pressure has been mounting on the terror outfit to denounce war. On Monday, US troops struck two cars believed to belong to Al-shabab leader Ahmed Godane.
Al-shabab has denied that their leader was killed in the strikes. They also warned of retaliatory attacks.