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Pirates flee as Somali militia group moves on town

world Updated: May 03, 2010 02:46 IST

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Dozens of fighters from one of Somalia's most powerful rebel groups moved into a northern town on Sunday where pirates operate, sending the pirates fleeing in a development that could upend the piracy trade, witnesses said.

Fighters from the militia group Hizbul Islam moved into the strategic pirate den of Haradhere. The Islamists could be looking to take over the trade or simply take a cut of the millions of dollars in ransom that pirates take in.

Hizbul Islam is also likely to gain a foothold in Haradhere before the rival militant group al-Shabab moves in.