Al-Shabab leave Kismayu

Somalia's al Shabaab rebels have withdrew from the southern Somali city of Kismayu overnight following an assault from the African Union and Kenyan forces. The al Qaeda inspired group vowed to return.

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Fierce fighting between al-Shabab and AU forces in Somalia

Kenyan troops are engaged in heavy fighting with the al-Shabab militant group on the coast of southern Somalia, both sides have said.

Al-Shabab spokesmen told news agencies that fierce clashes were under way in the port city of Kismayo.

Kenyan military spokesman Col Cyrus Oguna confirmed to the BBC that parts of Kismayo had been captured and the rest was expected to fall soon.

The Kenyan soldiers are part of the AU's Amisom force, which is trying to wrest control of Somalia for the newly elected, UN-backed president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

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