Al-Shabab captures Merca

  • Al-Shabab, an Islamist militant group, has captured Merca, located around 45 miles southwest of Mogadishu in Somalia. According to media reports, Merca is now one of the biggest town that is under the control of the militant group. The African Union forces withdrew for the town on Friday morning. This is considered one of the biggest blows for the African Union forces who held Merca for three-and-a-half years.