World Bulletin / News Desk
Hundreds of Somali and Kenyan armed forces deployed in the centre of the former al Shabaab stronghold of Kismayu on Monday, military officials and witnesses say.
"We have sent 450 (troops) to patrol the town and settle in the police headquarters," Mohamud Farah, the spokesman for government forces in the southern Juba regions told Reuters.
Asha Mohamed Aden, a seller of second-hand clothing, said she had seen "heavily armed Kenyans" entering the city along with Somali officers.
"They are carrying a lot of weapons," she said.
Al-Shabab had earlier vacated Somalia's second largest city after a surprise assault by sea, air and ground forces from the Kenyan and Somali military that began on Friday. Al-Shabab commanders said, that their forces withdrew in order to avoid conflict in the streets, but said that their group had not abandoned the town, and would continue fighting for it.
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