Thousands flee from rebel-held corridor in Somalia
Published Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:32AM EDT
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Thousands of people in speeding trucks or pulling carts piled high with clothes and furniture are fleeing a region north of Mogadishu amid gunfire and explosions.
This week, African Union and Somali troops moved into the Afgoye corridor for the first time in years to pursue Islamist militants of al-Shabab, a group allied with al-Qaida.
Heavily armed soldiers and tanks were massing on scrubland on the edge of Afgoye town from where militants were staging their resistance. Military officials predict they will soon control the town as civilians fled on Thursday.