Somali Islamic fighters seize Moqokori town at the heart of Somalia

June 1, 2018 (Hornnews24) – Alshabaab fighters on Friday took over at least one main town, Moqokori, in Hiran Region which lies at the heart of Somalia.

According to local people Al-kaida-linked Alshabaab have also seized at least three vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft guns known as technicals.

After several hours of fierce fighting government soldiers were dislodged and whole the town fell into the group’s hands. “Alshabaab fighters are all over the town firing heavy guns as they patrol the streets,” said one of the residents who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We are all indoors and all we hear is sounds of heavy guns and explosives,” he said.

Al-Shabaab continues to govern large swaths of territory, south Somalia, particularly in the regions of Gedo, Bakool, Lower and Middle Shabelle, Lower and Middle Juba, Hiraan and Mudug.

Alshabaab’s civil administration carries out a variety of governance activities, including the running of sharia courts, holding meeting with clan leaders, and providing aid collected as religiously mandated charity (zakat).

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