In a surprising turn of events, militants belonging to the Al-Shabaab group have reclaimed the strategically significant Wabho district, which had been recently liberated by Somali nationals, according to local sources.
The peaceful recapture took place after the Somali Federal Government troops withdrew on Monday morning, leaving the district vulnerable to the militants’ advance.
Just days before, Wabho had been firmly under the control of the federal forces, serving as a vital stronghold in the Galgaduud region.
The decision by the government to pull back its troops from Wabho has left many puzzled, as the rationale behind this move remains enigmatic.
However, officials have frequently cited strategic military considerations to justify similar decisions in the past. The withdrawal of government forces from Wabho marks a significant setback in the ongoing battle against Al-Shabaab’s group in the region.
This latest development not only poses a grave security threat but also adds a layer of complexity to the regional dynamics. It comes at a time when government forces had been making notable progress in securing the neighboring Ceelbuur district.
The recapture of Ceelbuur had been hailed as a significant victory for the government, bolstering hopes of improving stability and security in the area. However, the loss of Wabho now undermines those gains and raises concerns about the defense and protection of Ceelbuur.
Wabho holds immense strategic significance, particularly in relation to the defense of Ceelbuur. Its location and geographical features make it a crucial point for monitoring and controlling movement in the region.