Somali, AU troops capture key Shebab stronghold: Officials

Somali government troops backed by African Union forces on Wednesday captured the Shebab stronghold of Bardhere, one of the last key bases of the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamists, officials said.

Mogadishu: Somali government troops backed by African Union forces on Wednesday captured the Shebab stronghold of Bardhere, one of the last key bases of the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamists, officials said.

"We have secured control of the town. The allied forces are now conducting mine clearing operations in the different neighbourhoods," Siyad Ahmed, a Somali military official, told AFP by telephone from the southern town.