Members of al Shabaab, al Qaeda-linked insurgents, ride in a pick-up truck after distributing relief to famine-stricken internally displaced people at Ala Yaasir camp at Km50 outside Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 3, 2011. More than 800,000 Somalis are refugees, according to U.N. estimates, while up to 1.5 million are displaced within the Horn of Africa country. Picture taken September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

Al-Shabaab Militants Captured Ga’an-Maroodi a small village in Sanaag region, Northern Somalia

Gun-toting militants with the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab were reported to have seized control of a small village in Sanaag region, located the relatively calm Sanaag region.

Residents in Ga’an-Maroodi said heavily armed Al-Shabaab fighters poured into the area and then began a military movement to secure their full control.

Multiple sources told Radio Shabelle station in Mogadishu that there is a brewing tension in the locality and villagers are in panic of possible fighting between Al-Shabaab and troops.

Al-Shabaab seems to be expanding its control to areas in northern Somalia after facing increasing military pressure in the south of the country.

Sourse: Radio Shabelle

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