Somalia: Al Shabab ‘taking the wrong path’

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Somalia is a country still fighting a bloody civil war.

But as the government slowly begins to reassert its authority some former al-Shabab militants are leaving the group.

One of the most senior figures to defect from the al-Qaeda linked militant group has urged his former colleagues to stop targeting civilians and to begin negotiations with the Somali government.

Zakariya Ahmed Ismail Hersi – who once had a $3m (£1.9m) bounty from the US government on his head – is now at a government safe house in Mogadishu.

The BBC’s Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding is the first international journalist to interview him.

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