Progress seen against militants in Somali capital

Associated Press
Somali government forces at a police center in Mogadishua's Hamar Jajab district prepare to shoot a former soldier who was found guilty of intentionally shooting and killing another soldier, Saturday, June 4, 2011. Somalia's military court has carried out the death penalty against a former Somali government soldier found guilty of deliberately killing another soldier, an official said Saturday. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The African Union force in the Somalia capital says progress is being made against militants in Mogadishu.

The African Union said Saturday that AU and Somali troops have expelled al-Shabab militants from two more districts in the capital.

The AU force also said the body of a suspected militant from Pakistan was recovered after fighting Saturday.

Col. Paul Lokech, a Ugandan commander, said the militants have been pushed back from Villa Somalia, where the Somali government is housed, and that they no longer pose a threat against the government seat.

Somalia has not had a fully functioning government in two decades. The recent offensive against al-Shabab has succeeded in reducing the militants' territory.

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