African Union troops, tanks enter Kismayu: Somali army


African Union troops backed by tanks entered the former al Shabaab stronghold of Kismayu for the first time since the al Qaeda-linked militants fled the port city after a surprise offensive by Kenyan and Somali troops.

Residents said the troops opened fire in the air to disperse people who had gathered to watch the tanks rolling into the city.
“AU tanks and Somali military vehicles have taken positions in Kismayu, people have welcomed us,” General Ismail Sahardiid, the commander of Somali government forces told Reuters.