A commander allied with Somalia's government says pro-government forces captured a town near Kenya from al-Qaida-linked militants after hours of fighting.
Abdikafi Farah of the Ras Kabmoni Group that is allied with the fragile Somali government says hundreds of pro-government fighters forced al-Shabab militants to flee Dobley town early Sunday.
Pro-government troops have made gains against Islamist militants in southern Somalia in recent weeks. The troops forced the militants to abandon several western towns and strategic places in Mogadishu.
Dobley's capture is part of an offensive aimed at ending militants' lock on much of the country's southern and central regions.
Somalia has been mired in violence since 1991.