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Al Shabaab Seizes Border Town
Somali-Kenyan Border Town Of Diff Taken By Insurgents
By MOHAMED SHIIL 03/16/2011
Al Shabaab Fighter With Anti-Aircraft Gun
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Al Shabaab Fighter With Anti-Aircraft Gun
Somali’s hard-liners, Al Shabaab, have captured territories in the southern border town of Diff along the Somali-Kenya border.

Resident said hundreds of heavily armed militant forces entered the strategic town on Wednesday, and forced Ras Kamboni, the pro-government loyal to Ahmed Madobe, to vacate the town without any resistance.

“Al Shabaab fighters are in control of the town right now and the overpowered Ras Kamboni troops led by Madobe are reportedly seen outskirts of the town,” Sharif Abdi told Somalia Report.

Another report said that fighting persisted for two hours in Diff, located about 93km northwest of Dhobley town of Lower Jubba.

Ras Kamboni troops seized the town last week from Al Shabaab after several hours of fighting that killed at least 10 people, mainly fighters, and wounded several others.

The fighting in the south of the Somalia is in line with incessant clashes that pitted pro-government against rebels for the last week, killing more than 110 people, mainly civilians.

The insurgent group is waging war against the government in an effort to implement a stricter form of Islamic law, or sharia, in Somalia.