African Union troops seize key Somali town


African Union troops seized a town northwest of Mogadishu from al Qaeda-linked insurgents, a spokesman said, marking a big blow against the al Shabaab rebels, who have used the town to stage sporadic attacks on the capital.

The capture of Afgoye by the AU force AMISOM and Somali government troops, who already control most of the capital, also paves the way to securing a corridor to the Somali capital that would allow easy access to humanitarian aid to residents.
“We are now fully controlling Afgoye town,” Lt Colonel Paddy Ankunda, the AU forces spokesman told Reuters.