Somalia's PM says working with other nations to defeat al Shabaab


MOGADISHU, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Somalia's prime minister saidon Sunday his government was working with international partnersand neighbouring states to combat al Shabaab, in the firstremarks by the government since Saturday's raid by U.S. forceson a militant base.

"We have collaboration with the world and with neighbouringcountries in the battle against al Shabaab," Prime Minister AbdiFarah Shirdon told reporters when asked if his government wasaware of the raid on the Somali port of Barawe, south ofMogadishu.

U.S. forces conducted raids in Libya and Somalia onSaturday, two weeks after the attack on a Nairobi shopping mallwhich was claimed by al Shabaab, capturing an al Qaeda figure inTripoli wanted for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya andTanzania. The raid on Barawe failed to take its target.

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