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Somali gov't troops take up Mogadishu

08-08-2011 18:48 BJT

Somali government troops have taken up positions in the country's capital Mogadishu after al-Shabaab Islamist fighters withdrew from the city.

Somali government forces say they will continue fighting until the rebels leave the country completely. On Sunday, al-Shabaab abandoned most of their bases in the famine-struck capital, but it's unclear why the militia retreated or what its next move will be.

Al-Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamed Rage told a local radio station that the forces had made a tactical withdrawal and would soon launch a counter attack. The fighters' presence has complicated famine relief efforts, with aid agencies denied access to territory occupied by the militia. They still hold most of southern Somalia, where tens of thousands of people are thought to have died from starvation.

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Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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