Somalia minister and army chief leave posts amid al Shabab offensive
Somalia's defence minister and army chief have resigned as the al Qaida-linked al Shabab group steps up attacks on army bases across the south and centre of the country.
Defence Minister Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed has quit, citing lack of consultations on issues related to his ministry while army chief General Mohamed Ahmed Jimale has also submitted his resignation.
There have been reports of a rivalry between the two outgoing military leaders.
Somalia in recent weeks has seen an increase in attacks by al Shabab extremists, who have overrun several army positions.
Al Shabab is the focus of stepped-up US military efforts, including drone strikes.