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Al-Shabab retakes central Somalia town
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 02:31:30 GMT
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Al-Shabab fighters conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu. (file photo)
Al-Shabab fighters have recaptured a strategic town in central Somalia from the government-allied Ahlu Sunna Waljama militia.

Al-Shabab militants took control of Dhusamareb town, the provincial capital of the Galgadud region, located 500 kilometers (300 miles) north of Mogadishu, on Saturday without much resistance, the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported.

Ahlu Sunna Waljama took control of the town from al-Shabab fighters two years ago.

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

Over the past two decades, up to one million people have lost their lives in the fighting between rival factions and due to famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. Over 300,000 IDPs are sheltering in Mogadishu alone.

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

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