AU Forces, Somali troops capture an airbase from Alshabaab
Maj Henry Obbo, Spokesperson Uganda Contingent says Jawhar airstrip located in Middle Shabelle, 15 Km North of Jawhar town; fell to the allied forces after minimal resistance from the fleeing Alshabaab.
He says the operation comes only four days after allied forces ejected Alshabaab out of three towns in Lower Shabelle.
The Ugandan Contingent commander Brig Michael Ondoga said: “Alshabaab has no place in the community any more as its now time for peace. We are committed to ensuring that the will of the people to attain immediate peace is fulfilled. We will therefore continue pursuing Alshabaab and making their lives very uncomfortable until they disengage and join in the peace process.”
The Allied forces did not incur any loss.
The capture of the airbase does not only add more area of control to the Somali Government but also provides better protection of Jawhar city (the Capital of Middle Shabelle) as the insurgents are kept off the environs of the city. It also opens up opportunities for reconstruction process of the Infrastructure on ground and improving on the transport sector in general.
Brig Ondoga says Balidoogle airbase and KM-50 airstrip that were recently captured from the Alshabaab have already begun receiving flights and plans are underway for their renovation.