Kenya's president praises troops for Kismayu victory

Kenya's president Mwai Kibaki has commended Kenyan forces for their role in capturing the port town of Kismayu, according to a local newspaper. The Daily Nation quoted him as saying:

This is a game changer for the people of Somalia, it is a defining moment ...

This is the time to send a clear message to the world, that the people of Somalia have gone through a tumultuous time.

Now is the time to encourage them to embrace peace, Kenya stands to be counted as a friend of the Government and people of Somalia.

– Mwai kibaki, kenyan president

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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.