Since the joint forces of TFG and AMISOM made major military gains against the Al shabab beyond the capital this year, the main road links Mogadishu to the agricultural town of Afgoye has witnessed a lot of insecurity and robbery acts against the civilian buses by armed groups.
Afgoye had been a main Al-Shabaab stronghold for three years, and a major success for AMISOM forces since deployment in Somalia in 2007.
The town was also a fortified stronghold for Islamist rebels because it sets at a strategic crossroads, linking the capital, Mogadishu, with western and southern parts of the country.
Al-Shabaab’s withdrawal from Afgoye without fierce resistance follows a pattern of retreat, including a pull-out from positions in Mogadishu last August, and their abandonment of the key city of Baidoa to Ethiopian and Somali troops in February.
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