Islamist Shebab fighters seize Somali port: governor

MOGADISHU: Somalia’s Shebab insurgents retook their former stronghold of Merka on Friday, after African Union troops pulled out of the port they had held for three-and-a-half years, the governor said.

“The AU troops pulled out of the town and Shebab militants entered — and have secured control without fighting,” Ibrahim Adam, governor of the Lower Shabelle region told reporters.

The loss is one of the biggest setbacks for the AU force in its nearly decade-long battle against the Shebab.