A coalition of Islamist and clan militia have captured the Somali border town of Dobley from fighters loyal to the radical Islamist group Al-Shabaab. Medical sources tell VOA that at least 13 people died in the fighting that broke out early Thursday morning.
The new coalition is led by Sheikh Ahmed Madoobe, a top Islamist fighter who just a few months ago was an ally of Al-Shabaab, in its struggle against the Somali government. He broke out with the Shabaab over the control of the Jubb regions in southwest Somalia.
Al-Shabaab’s defeat at the hands of the new coalition is the first blow to the group’s unhindered advance in southern Somalia. Sheikh Madoobe’s forces are said to have pushed the Shabaab even further
Dobley is a strategic town just 20 km outside the Kenyan-Somali border.