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Somali Islamists flee but anarchy fears persist.

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Somali and Ethiopian troops have captured the last Islamist refuge in the south of Somalia. But with the country still facing violence from warlords and armed gangs, a state of emergency has been declared by Parliament. It comes at the end of a week which saw US warplanes bomb parts of the south to try and kill suspected members of al-Qaeda.

Two weeks after the capital Mogadishu was seized from the Union of Islamic Courts, the last remaining Islamists have now been chased from Ras Kamboni into dense forest along the Kenyan border.

Meanwhile in the capital, the government is trying to restore order. Lawlessness has resurfaced and gun battles have left several dead since the Islamists were ousted.

Several warlords have merged into a new national army and a three-month state of emergency has been declared to prevent the anarchy that reigned for 15 years before the Islamist Courts imposed strict Sharia law last June.