KISMAYO (Sh.M.Network)— African Union and Somali government troops entered Kismayo, the southern stronghold abandoned by Islamist militants, a Somali military spokesman said on Monday.
Witnesses said Somali and Kenyan troops backed by tanks and artillery moved in the city from two directions—from Calanley village and a checkpoint that leads to Mogadishu, without encountering any resistance from Al shabab.
Mohamed Farah, a spokesman for Somali government forces in the southern Juba regions warned locals armed groups to stir up the anxiety over revenge attacks gripped many in the port city.
Al Shabaab rebels fled Kismayo on Friday after a surprise assault by sea, air and ground forces, but Kenyan soldiers fighting under the banner of an AU peacekeeping mission have been cautious about pouring into the port city from its outskirts.
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