AU forces close in on al-Shabab town

Forces remain on alert in southern Somalia though armed group seems to have fled its stronghold, Marka.

    The town of Marka in southern Somalia is known for being a rebel stronghold that was solidly under the control of al-Shabab.

    But two weeks ago, the armed Islamist group fled, abandoning the town almost without a fight. Still, the risk of ambush remains high.

    The African Union, which has a heavy troop presence in the area, says al-Shabab might have pulled back but they have not gone away.

    Al Jazeera's Peter Greste reports from Marka.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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