Somali, African troops take key port from Shabaab

2014-10-05 12:02
Al-Shabaab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises in Somalia. (Mohamed Sheikh Nor, AP/File)

Al-Shabaab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises in Somalia. (Mohamed Sheikh Nor, AP/File)

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Mogadishu - Somali troops backed by African peacekeepers on Sunday recaptured the last major port held by the Shabaab, key to the financing of the Islamist militia, Somali officials told AFP.

"The army is in full control" of the port of Barawe, 200km southwest of Mogadishu, the Somali military official Abdi Mire said.

"The situation is calm, the militiamen had fled before the forces reached the town," said the provincial governor Abdukadir Mohamed Nur.

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