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Source: Sabahi

Kenya Defence Forces serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Wednesday (August 20th) took control of Gadon-dhowe village in Gedo region from al-Shabaab, Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

The AMISOM troops battled with al-Shabaab for about an hour before taking control of the village, Beled Hawo security chief Ismail Kofi said.

Al-Shabaab maintained a key military base in the area, making the seizure a strategic victory, Goobjoog News reported.

Relative calm has returned to the village, according to Kofi, and the local population is being encouraged to co-operate with AMISOM forces to fully restore security.

AMISOM troops liberated three villages from al-Shabaab control last week, and Somali government and allied forces announced that they would redouble efforts to push the militant group out of central Somalia.

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