Somalia's al Shabaab militia leaving Mogadishu

MOGADISHU - Islamist militants fighting to topple Somalia's Western-backed government were abandoning their bases in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, a rebel spokesman and the government said.
Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, spokesman for the al-Qaida-affiliated al Shabaab movement, told a local radio station the retreat that started late on Friday was tactical and that the rebels would hold their positions elsewhere.
"We have abandoned Mogadishu but we remain in other towns," Rage said on the al Shabaab-run Andalus radio station.
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