KISMAYO (Sh.M.Network)—An official says pro-government fighters along with Kenyan army which are part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces have today arrived in the port city of Kismayo, the last rebel bastion in south of Somalia.
Sheikh Ahmed Islam better known as (Ahmed Madobe) chief of Raskamboni militia, told Shabelle Media Network that they have successfully took control of the city, without encountering a fight from Al shabab militants who have been in control over the last three years.
“Our plan was to avoid civilian casualties during the take over of Kismayo and the allied forced moved in shortly after Al shabab withdrew this morning,” he added.
For the time being, the local residents say Kismayo goes without any control and the Somali and Kenyan troops have not yet arrived into the city, fearing Al shabab might strike back.
Al shabab’s spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rageh, told the AFP News agency that his fighter retreated for “military tactics”. Let them enter Kismayo, which will soon turn into a battlefield.”
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