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Somali town seized, fighters flee

2012-03-22 21:42

Mogadishu - Residents in a town in Somalia say that militants have fled after Ethiopian and Somali troops moved in.

Mohamed Mudey, a resident in the southern town of Hudur, said on Thursday that hundreds of residents and rebel fighters fled Hudur as troops moved in. He said the fighting is over but sporadic gunfire could still be heard.

Hudur is the administrative headquarters of the Bakool region. The town has served as a training base for the militant group al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab confirmed the withdrawal, saying its forces made a tactical retreat.

Al-Shabaab was forced out of Mogadishu last year by African Union troops. It faces pressure from Ethiopian forces on the west and Kenyan forces in the south.