Heavily armed Al shabaab fighters have retaken briefly the control of the strategic city of Mahaday in middle Shabelle region on Friday night following a deadly attack, residents said.
According to residents, Mahaday has been attacked from several direction by truckloaded Al shabaab militants who seized the city’s police station and the administrative headquarters.
Somali government troops have pulled out of the town after they were overpowered during the overnight battle by Al shabaab fighters. At least two people killed in the attack
The government forces backed by AMISOM soldiers are reported to have recaptured the district on Saturday morning peacefully after Al shabaab militants’ withdrawal.