Monday, 06 October 2014 - 8:51
Somali troops 'capture key port town' from al-Shabab.
Somali government troops backed by African Union forces have taken the last coastal stronghold of the al-Shabab Islamist group.
But the AU told the BBC the joint forces were not yet in full control of the town, and the AU had parked its heavy armour on its outskirts.
Barawe, 220km south-west of the capital Mogadishu, has not been run by the central government for 23 years.
The AU says al-Shabab used Barawe as a base to launch attacks on the capital.
Residents said many of the al-Qaeda-aligned militants had begun withdrawing from the key port town on Friday.