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2 Somali towns captured from al-Shabab
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 12:45:06 GMT
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Somali government-allied Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a militiamen
The Somali government-allied Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a militia backed by Ethiopian forces has managed to capture two more frontier towns from al-Shabab fighters.

On Monday, the pro-government group managed to take control of the town of Luuq, situated 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the Ethiopian border and Elwaq near the Kenyan frontier in the southern Gedo region without much resistance from al-Shabab fighters, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The development comes as al-Shabab had controlled the towns for the past two years.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The Somali government has struggled for years to restore security, but efforts have not yet yielded tangible results.

Nearly one million people have died following years of fighting between rival warlords and also due to the country's inability to deal with famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia. More than 300,000 IDPs have been sheltered in Mogadishu alone.

Most of the displaced live in squalid conditions at makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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