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Somali military retakes Merca from Al-Shabab militants who seized the port city

7th February, 2016

Backed by the African Union, the Somali military has retaken Merca from Al-Shabab militants who seized the port city on Friday. Civilian casualties were reported after what residents said was light resistance from the militants. The AU on Friday denied it had lost control of Merca, saying it had made a tactical withdrawal.
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