Traffic flows along a street of the southern city of Baidoa, Somalia November 3, 2018. REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File Photo
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A third day of protests began Saturday in Somalia over the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the Al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency.The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia in a statement released overnight called for "utmost restraint" after the gunfire-fueled uproar around Muhktar Robow's arrest on Thursday in Baidoa, and it denied playing any role.Somalia's government welcomed the defection last year by Al-Shabab's former spokesman but not his popular candidacy to lead Southwest state, which took some officials by surprise.Some Somali lawmakers had accused the AU mission of being involved.
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