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Somalia Islamists abandon Kismayo amid AU attack

Islamist militants in Somalia say they have withdrawn from their southern stronghold of Kismayo, following an African Union (AU) military attack.

Kenyan and Somali forces launched a beach assault on al-Shabab's last major bastion on Friday but encountered fierce resistance.

The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse in Nairobi says local residents fear the retreat is a trap.

  • 29 Sep 2012
  • From the section Africa
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