Breaking: Somali forces withdraw from Marka town over unknown reasons


Somalia’s National Army (SNA) forces have withdrawn from their bases in the coastal town of Marka in Lower Shabelle region over undisclosed reasons, residents said on Thursday.

These soldiers were previously brought into the town for intervention of clan militias, who fought against each other but locals said that they saw armored vehicle with troops vacating from their bases in the town.

In an interview with Idale News Online , local villagers said that all businesses and shops had been shut down on Thursday, in a bid to shun away from looting them by armed militias in the town.

Several sporadic gun-shots fired by armed militias could be heard in the town of Marka, residents said on condition of anonymity.

Local villagers appeared to have been afraid of robbing their shops and small kiosks by armed militia men, who are in the town.

Merca, a town situates about 109Km (68 miles) in southwest of Somali capital Mogadishu