Somalia/Terrorism: Government forces seize al-Shabaab contolled town in north

The Somali Government said that their forces managed to seize the town of Bulo Hawo on the border with Kenya andEthiopia from the control of the Islamist group al-Shabaab this weekend.

Reportedly, the military operation which commenced this weekend resulted in the death of 11 al-Shabaab fighters and one government soldier. Thousands of people have also been reported to have fled the violence into Kenya.

The latest seizure is a significant victory for the weak UN-backed government against the al-Qaeda-linked terrorists. The government forces has, with the help African Union peacekeepers, succeeded to seize several parts of the capitalMogadishu, previously held by al-Shabaab, this month.