We heard a huge blast from the military training camp in Kismayu
and then gunfire followed," Hussein Nur, a shopkeeper in the city, told Reuters by phone.
By Al-Shabaab losing Kismayu
to Kenya Defence Forces, reprisal attacks on Kenya are likely to become more pronounced .
Food arriving at the ports of Kismayu
and Mogadishu, however, was being hijacked by warlords.
was controlled by Islamist Shebb until last September when the militants fled an offensive by Kenyan troops supported by Ras Kamboni, a militia group loyal to a former governor of Kismayu
, Ahmed Madobe.
Summary: Somalia's al Shabaab rebels have reportedly withdrawn from the southern Somali city of Kismayu
A combined force including Kenyan, Burundian, Ethiopian and Djiboutian troops is planning an offensive on Kismayu
, Somalia's second biggest city and a hub for Al-Shabab, before then.
However, the iron fist reaction by KenyaOs military, now advancing on Kismayu
, the last major base of the terrorist Al Shabab group, has created a wide buffer zone, and a regular source from Mombasa said: OSecurity has been stepped up a very great deal.
They have taken several towns in the northern sector including Fafadun and El-Ade this week, but encountered stiff resistance in the central sector, where al Shabaab has dug in to prevent them advancing to the port of Kismayu
, a port that is an important source of revenue for the rebels.
The pirates are thought to be holding Judith, 56, at gunpoint in Kismayu
, southern Somalia.
Summary: Somali forces allied to Kenya attacked an Al-Shabaab base near Afmadow Friday and said they would press toward the strategic town seen as an obstacle to seizing the key port city of Kismayu
Somalia's al Shabaab rebels have banned English from schools in the southern port city of Kismayu
that they control and demanded teachers switch the curriculum to include Arabic and Islamic studies.
Mr Mohammed has just arrived from a five-day journey to Somalia, where he delivered aid to refugees in camps at Daadab, a Kenyan city near the border with Somalia, as well as the port city of Kismayu