Somali recaptures key port of Merka from Al-Shabaab

African Union Mission in Somalia soldiers move one of their damaged vehicles following a suicide attack which targeted their convoy on September 8, 2014, near the town of Afgoye. Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers on Sunday recaptured the key port of Merka from al-Shabaab insurgents. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers on Sunday recaptured the key port of Merka from al-Shabaab insurgents, just one day after the Islamists swept into the city.
  • A resident reached by telephone said the AU force, known by its acronym AMISOM, used tanks to recapture the port.

MOGADISHU, Sunday

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