Saturday, September 29, 2012

Somalia: Al-Shabaab fighters abandon Kismayo their last stronghold in the country


The Islamist al-Shabaab rebel group in Somalia have withdrawn from the port city of Kismayo - their last stronghold in the country - after an offensive by Kenyan and Somali government forces.

Al Shabaab said the withdrawal on Saturday was a “tactical retreat”.

The announcement came a day after an assault on the city by African Union troops, who had been trying to dislodge the insurgents from the key coastal city for days.

Kismayo has been a vital lifeline for al-Shabaab since African Union forces reconquered most of Mogadishu last year and Ethiopian troops stripped them of other key cities in the east.

“The military command of Shabaab mujahedeen ordered a tactical retreat at midnight,” said al-Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage.

The News: … d-in-somalia/4287548



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