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Al Shabaab seizes a town northwest of Somalia’s capital

By on October 30, 2016

The Islamist group al Shabaab seized a town northwest of Somalia’s capital from government forces on Sunday,the latest small centre taken by the militant group trying to topple the country’s Western-backed government.

“Many al Shabaab fighters attacked us this morning and after brief fighting we left the town for tactical reasons,” Somali army Major Hussein Edin told Reuters from the nearby town of Baidoa. One Somali soldier was killed, he said.

Goofgaduud lies about 250 km (160 miles) northwest of Mogadishu, the capital.

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