Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland has sent forces to its neighbouring state to help the military there with the fight against al Shabaab Islamist militants.
Al Shabaab has been fighting in Somalia for years in an attempt to topple the central government and establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of sharia, or Islamic law.
The group often target both military and civilians using gun and bomb attacks.
Al Shabaab fighters last month attacked a military base in the town of Amara, Galmudug region and took control of it after battling with government special force units, known as Danab and Darawish.
Amara is a strategic town that lies on the route to the coastal town of Harardheere, another al Shabaab stronghold.
The governor of Puntland’s Mudug region, Abdilatif Muse Nuru San Yare, said they had sent undisclosed number of troops with experience in fighting al Shabaab to Galmudug.
“We have sent troops to Galmudug who know how to fight al Shabaab and it is an alliance to eradicate al Shabaab,” Yare said.
Galmudug’s Deputy Security Minister, Abdulahi Abdisalan said they requested the assistance of Puntland because of their experience in fighting al Shabaab.