Somali Cmdr: Al-Shabab Defense Lines
A spokesman for a pro-government militia said militants were no longer stationed at defense positions on Tuesday.
The U.N. Refugee Agency says more than 2,000 people have fled the port town since Sunday.
In an interview with VOA on Tuesday, spokesman Andreas Needham said that brings the number of people displaced from Kismayo this month to about 4,600.
Kismayo is critical to al-Shabab because it offers access to the sea and is near a massive forest where it operates training camps.
The al-Qaida-allied group has lost significant ground to pro-government, Kenyan and Ethiopian forces who launched major offensives last year.
Source: VOA News
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