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IN PICTURES: Kenya Force’s Advance Into Kismayo

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A soldier from the Kenyan Contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sits inside an armoured personnel carrier during an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayo

The United States on Wednesday welcomed the capture of the strategic port city of Kismayo by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers and Somali forces.

“Al-Shabaab’s departure from Kismayo demonstrates continued momentum by pro-government forces against this terrorist organization,” said Victoria Nuland, the state Department’s Spokesperson.

an officer from the Kenyan Contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) looks through binoculars during an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayo

“It is clear that al-Shabaab’s extremist views and violent tactics have no future in a modern Somalia that is seeking to rebuild after more than two decades of conflict,” said Victoria.

AMISOM forces last week seized the Al Shabaab stronghold as the terrorists fled.

Fighters of the Ras Kimboni Brigade, a Somali government-allied militia are seen in thicket on the back of a machine-gun-mounted battle wagon as they wait to join troops from the Kenyan Contingent

“The United States calls on all forces present in and around Kismayo to ensure full respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. We urge rapid establishment of an inclusive political framework to ensure the city is governed in the interest of all its citizens and of other Somalis who depend on its port,” said Victoria.

Kenya Forces are seen walking along a road during an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayo

An improvised explosive device (IED) is destroyed by a controlled explosion in the perimeter

Kenya Forces are seen walking along a road during an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayo

Kenyan soldiers stand on a road next to their military vehicles during an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayo

Members of the Somali National Army and the government-allied Ras Kimboni militia display the Somali national flag from the former control tower of Kismayo Airport while they celebrate it’s capture

Sacks of charcoal are seen by the roadside as a convoy of the Kenyan Contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) makes its way through the city of Kismayo

Soldiers of the Kenyan Contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), sit on a flat-bed truck as a convoy makes its way between the port of Kismayo and the city’s airport

Soldiers of the Somali National Army (SNA) stand at the entrance of a fomer police station in the Somali port city of Kismayo

Troops from the Kenyan Contingent sit on the back of a flat-bed military truck as they form-up in the early morning ahead of an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayo

Two engineers serving with the Kenyan Contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) search a former police station in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo for improvised explosive devices (IEDs)

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