January 01, 2007

Last Islamist stronghold in Somalia crumbles

Kismayo, Somalia -- Islamic fighters abandoned the last major town they held early today and were seen heading south toward the Kenyan border, residents and a government spokesman said.
The Islamist forces began to disintegrate after a night of artillery attacks at the front line and following a mutiny within its ranks, witnesses said.
Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi said three al-Qaeda suspects wanted in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa were hiding in Kismayo. "If we capture them alive we will hand them over to the United States," he said.

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