Ethiopian troops enter key Somali town, locals say | International | Reuters

https://i0.wp.com/english.people.com.cn/200701/24/images/xinsrc_322010424044562520791.jpgMOGADISHU, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Ethiopian troops in heavily armoured vehicles crossed into central Somalia on Saturday, witnesses said, taking control of Baladwayne town and advancing on Islamist insurgent positions in the area.The strategic town is a stronghold of the militant group al Shabaab, which the United States — Ethiopia’s ally in the Horn of Africa — accuses of being al Qaeda’s proxy in the country.Battles have been raging across central and southern Somalia in recent weeks as pro-government militias try to seize territory back from al Shabaab and another rebel group, Hizbul Islam.Residents said gunfire broke out in Baladwayne on Saturday as Ethiopian troops arrived alongside Somali government forces.

Ethiopian troops enter key Somali town, locals say | International | Reuters

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