Somalia al-Shabab militant base of Baidoa captured
Ethiopian and Somali troops have taken a strategic stronghold of Islamist militants in south-western Somalia.
Eyewitnesses told the BBC that about 50 vehicles, including some 20 tanks, had entered Baidoa, which was not defended.
Al-Shabab, which has recently joined al-Qaeda, confirmed that it had withdrawn its forces. It said that it would start a guerrilla war in response.
Somalia's Prime Minister, Abdiweli Mohammed Ali, is in London for a major international conference being hosted by Britain on Thursday.
The BBC's Peter Biles asked him whether al-Shabab had simply withdrawn from Baidoa.
22 Feb 2012
- From the section Africa