(SBC Monitoring) Fighters loyal to Somalia’s Ahlu-Sunnah Wal-Jama a government-allied militia have reportedly recaptured a strategic town in central Somalia of Dhusamareb from the Al-Shabab fighters.

Al-Shabab militants took control of Dhusamareb town, the provincial capital of the Galgadud region, located 500 kilometers (300 miles) north of Mogadishu, after they staged a surprise attack on their rivals, the Alhu Sunna Waljama early Saturday.

Habibo Iyow a resident of the town of Dhusamareb told SBC that The Al-Shabab fighters vacated the town on yesterday’s evening after Ahlu-suna militia receiving strengthening forces came into the town from their controlled area.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Over the past two decades, up to one million people have lost their lives in the fighting between rival factions and due to famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. Over 300,000 IDPs are sheltering in Mogadishu alone.

SBC News Desk