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Search for bombs in Kismayu after Somali rebel retreat

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Search for bombs in Kismayu after Somali rebel retreat


In Somalia African Union troops and the government’s own forces have been combing Kismayu for bombs hidden by al Shabaab militants who’ve retreated from their last urban bastion in the country.

Both militaries have warned of reprisals after the al Qaeda-linked group said it intended to fight back.

Earlier this week the militants set off a bomb in the southern port. Kenyan soldiers operating under the AU flag carried out at least two controlled detonations.

The UN says there is still more to do.

“The challenge from a degraded al Shabaab may continue. We have seen it in Mogadishu, they do what they are best at: terrorists, bombs, devices, suicide bombs, roadside bombs – that is likely to continue,” the UN Special Representative for Somalia Augustine Mahiga told a news conference in Nairobi.

The Islamist hardliners abandoned Kismayu last Friday following an assault from land, air and sea.

The troops are having to earn people’s trust in a city that has frequently changed hands during two decades of conflict.

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