Islamists retake town in Somalia after African forces quit

Islamist militant group al Shabaab has retaken another town in Somalia from African troops, adding to a string of settlements it has seized this month, the group and an official said. Al Shabaab retook the town of Janale, about 90 km (55 miles) south of the capital Mogadishu, on Thursday. This month, the group attacked a base of Africa Union forces in Janale area, killing at least 12 Uganda troops, and has retaken at least three other towns in southern and central Somalia. The government has dismissed the gains by al Shabaab, saying the areas retaken are not of strategic value.



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