MOGADISHU, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Somalia's army, supported by the Africa Union troops, on Wednesday recaptured the central town of Aden-Yabal in Middle Shabele region from Al-Shabaab militants.
Mohamed Mumin Elmi, an army commander, said the joint forces took the town without resistance from the militants.
"AU contingent from Ethiopia and Somali National Army is in full control of Aden-Yabal at the moment. Al-Shabaab fighters did not pose any resistance," Mumin said.
He said the forces were planning to liberate more areas under the control of Al-Shabaab in the region.
Local resident Mahad Ali told Xinhua by phone that people in the area had feared further displacement due to fighting between the two sides, but that did not happen.
The joint forces have recaptured many areas previously controlled by Al-Shabaab in central and southern Somalia, however the Islamist group is still able to stage attacks in the capital Mogadishu and elsewhere.