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Somali army takes up capital after Al-Shabab Islamist withdrawal

08-08-2011 08:29 BJT Special Report:Drought, famine plague horn of Africa |

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Government troops patrolled areas of the famine-struck Somalian capital of Mogadishu on Sunday, which was abandoned by Al-Shabab Islamist fighters.

The militants have vacated almost all of their bases in the Somali capital, the most significant gain for the embattled UN-backed government in four years. Desperate families are streaming into Mogadishu from the country and setting up shelters.

A Somali army colonel says aid can now be distributed easily to famine-stricken families with the Al-Shabad no longer in the region. A spokesman for Al-Shabab said forces had made a tactical withdrawal and would soon launch a counter attack. Despite the withdraw, Al-Shabab still holds most of southern Somalia, where tens of thousands are estimated to be suffering from the famine.

Government troops patrolled areas of the famine-struck Somalian capital of Mogadishu
on Sunday, which was abandoned by Al-Shabab Islamist fighters.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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