MOGADISHU, Somalia Aug 27 2012 (Garowe Online) – Somali and
African Union forces have seized the coastal city of Marko after Al Shabaab
militants fled the city, Garowe Online reports.
Somali military officials told media Monday afternoon that
the city was captured by the allied forces after Al Shabaab retreated.
“The district of Marko is in the control of Somali and
AMISOM forces and there was no resistance when our forces entered the city,”
said General Abdikarim Yusuf Adan.
According to local residents, before the Al Shabaab agents
fled the city they had killed four people, it is unclear why they were killed.
“It was very tense in Marko we are still very worried.
Before they [AL Shabaab] left they killed four people. We are waiting for
change hopefully,” said Omar Nuur a Marko resident who spoke to GO.
The city of Marko which is located approximately 80 kms
south of Mogadishu had been under Al Shabaab control for all of former
President Sharif’s tenure.
The port city of Marko was used as a revenue base for
the terrorist organization during that time which netted the organization supplies
According to residents many top Al Shabaab officials resided
in the city which only recently was titled the next target destination for
allied forces fighting the lower Shabelle region.
As the political process continues the allied forces have
continued there onslaught on Al Shabaab.