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Rebels take port south of Mogadishu

Text by REUTERS

Latest update : 2008-11-12

Somalia's militant Islamist al Shabaab group took control of the port of Merka south of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, according to witnesses. The rebels have been waging an insurgency against the government and its Ethiopian military allies.

 

Somalia's militant Islamist insurgent group, al Shabaab, took over Merka port, 90 km (56 miles) south of the capital, on Wednesday after government-aligned militia melted away overnight, residents said.

 

The capture of Merka would be the most significant territorial gain by the insurgents since they took Kismayu port earlier this year as part of an insurgency against the government and its Ethiopian military allies.

Date created : 2008-11-12

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