Islamist fighters move in on Somali pirates

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The Independent Online

Dozens of fighters from one of Somalia's most powerful rebel groups have moved into a northern town where pirates operate, sending them fleeing in a development that could disrupt the piracy trade.

Fighters from Hizbul Islam moved into the strategic den of Haradhere. The Islamists could be looking to take over the trade or take a cut of the millions of dollars in ransom that pirates have been taking in. Hizbul Islam is likely to gain a foothold in Haradhere before the rival militant group al-Shabab moves in.