(FILES) This file photo taken on January 19, 2008 shows a man walking past the old buildings of the Southern Somalia's port town of Merka. / AFP / STRINGER
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Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers Saturday recaptured the key port of Merka from Shebab insurgents, just one day after the Islamists swept into the city, the army and residents said.The historic port, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the capital Mogadishu, was captured in August 2012 by African Union troops after four years under Islamist control.The Shebab are fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, which is protected by 22,000 AU troops.
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