Prime minister asks for international help

Interim Prime Minister, Ali Mohamed Ghedi, has appealed for aid against the Al Qaeda and terrorist expansion in the country. He spoke in Kenya after his Islamist rivals seized the key port of Kismayo on Sunday. The Union of Islamic Court (UIC) denies having any link to Al Qaeda and says it is bringing security to a lawless country. Mr Ghedi said that the Kismayo takeover was in violation of the ceasefire agreement. Thousands of people have fled the city in recent days and there have been a number of rallies in favour of and against the UIC. Ethiopian troops are believed to be in Baidoa, the only city controlled by the internationally recognised government, to help the insurgents. The Ethiopian government supports the UIC, but denies that its soldiers are in the city.