Thousands flee as SNA and AMISOM close in Al Shabaab strong hold

Hundreds of people fleeing Somali National Army and African Union troops offensive on Al Shabaab strong hold have reached Baidoa.

Most the people have been displaced from Dinsor, Bardere and surrounding areas.

The governor of Bay region Abdirashid Ali Mohamed has said they are expecting more people fleeing from the fighting in the coming days.

He urged the government and international humanitarian organizations to come into the rescue of the displaced people.

Somali National Army and African Union troops from Ethiopian are closing in Bardere town which was held by Al Shabaab since 2009.

According to military officials the main aim of the new offensive dubbed Juba corridor is to open up Gedo region to other parts of the country and for easy access of humanitarian aid the people in the area.