File photograph of Ugandan soldier serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia, holding a grenade launcher
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Somali town Barawe captured from al-Shabab

Somali government troops have captured a key stronghold of al-Shabab Islamists, with the backing of African Union forces, local officials say.

The African Union says al-Shabab, who had held the town of Barawe for six years, used it as a base to launch attacks on the capital.

Residents said many of the al-Qaeda-aligned militants had begun withdrawing from the key port town on Friday.

The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza in Nairobi says the town was strategically important for al-Shabab as route to get their supplies.

  • 05 Oct 2014
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