The Somali National Army on Wednesday recaptured Baladul Amin in Lower Shabelle from the al Shabaab fighters. The recapture comes as intelligence reports indicate that al Shabaab fighters are fleeing the south for fear of being caught up in the US airstrikes and ground onslaught by the SNA and allied forces.
According to the commander of 12 April brigade of Somali National Army General Omar Adan Hassan, the militants vacated the town after the battalion mounted an attack on the area to rid the area of the extremist elements. In a statement, he said, “This morning the Somali armed forces executed out a calculated attack on Baadul Amin location that falls under Wanla Weyn town in the Lower Shabelle region, we inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. We cannot divulge information about the captured Al-Shabab fighters now, but we shall soon display them.”
The attack was orchestrated after acquiring valuable information from the residents which led to the success of the mission.
Residents in Somalia have been more forthcoming with providing information to security forces about the al Shabaab camps in any given area since the Mogadishu attack in October that killed over 300 people. According to human intelligence, Somali nationals are tired of being held hostage by al Shabaab and all doing all they can to ensure that the militants are eliminated to ensure security and prosperity of the nation.