Somali National Army and AMISOM troops on Monday took control of the town of Tiyeglow in Bakool region.
Al-Shabaab fled from the town without fighting as the SNA and AMISOM forces advanced.
A government spokesperson said the operations would continue until the whole region was liberated.
AMISOM said Tiyeglow had been the last town in Bakool held by Al-Shabaab.
Tiyeglow is a strategic point in Bakool region, on roads linking Baidoa, the capital of Bay region, and Hoddur, the capital of Bakool region with Belet Wayne, the capital of neighboring Hiiraan region and on to the central regions, connecting the south to the north of the country.
Al-Shabaab used to charge large sums from vehicles on the route as part of their extortion activities.
The latest victory means the Somali government now fully controls Bakool region with Al-Shabaab ousted from all major towns in the region.
Before fleeing from the advancing forces, Al-Shabaab planted improvised explosive devices along the main road into the town and within the town itself.
AMISOM are currently defusing these to make the road and town safe.
The Acting Head of AMISOM, Ms. Mutende congratulated the AMISOM Sector 3 Ethiopian contingent who supported the Somali forces in liberating Tiyeglow and said AMISOM and the Somali government would not rest until the last Al-Shabaab held town “falls back to Somalis”.
AMISOM spokesperson, Colonel Ali Hamud said in Mogadishu on Monday that AMISOM will be resuming the offensive against Al-Shabaab very soon.
He said “We are aiming to clear the group out of the remaining areas under their control to conclude phase one of the offensive.”
AMISOM and government troops are readying to attack and capture key southern areas still in Al-Shabaab hands, especially ports, to stem the Shabaab’s multi-million dollar trade in charcoal.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs