Ethiopia troops pull out of Somalia towns

Hundreds of Ethiopian troops pulled out of a town in central Somalia on Tuesday, at least the second location vacated by their forces in recent weeks, a Somali security official said.
Security official Abdirisak Moalim Ahmed said Ethiopian soldiers present in El-Ali, Hiran region, as part of an African Union mission withdrew on Tuesday morning after artillery fire targeted
their base overnight.
Nearby Shabaab militants then reoccupied the town, which lies about 70 kilometres (43 miles) from the provincial capital Beledweyne.
“The Ethiopian troops pulled out of El-Ali town early this morning,” said Ahmed, adding the reason for the withdrawal was unclear.
“They have headed for Beledweyne and the town is already taken by Shabaab militants,” he said.

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