Al-Shabaab capture the historic port city of Marka in Somalia as African Union troops struggle against resurgent al-Qaeda group

Al-Shabaab have raised the black flag of tawheed over the strategic port city of Marka after a surprise offensive against African Union troops.

The al-Qaeda affiliated terror group took control of the southern city early yesterday morning.

Residents have confirmed that despite repeated counter-attacks from African Union troops and the Somalia National Army, al-Shabaab remain in control of the city for now.

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