Former spy boss claims hundreds of Somali soldiers killed in Tigray region
MOGADISHU, Somalia – A former intelligence chief made a sensational claim that 370 Somali soldiers were killed in Ethiopia, where they were secretly transported to fight alongside the Ethiopian national defense forces. [ENDF], who fought with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front [TPLF].
Without providing substantial evidence, Abdisalam Guled, who was deputy head of the National Intelligence Security Agency [NISA], said Somalia had suffered most of the Tigray War, based on its “investigations and correspondence” with senior Ethiopian security officials.
According to him, the Somali soldiers killed in the Tigray War, aged 20 to 30, were fighting alongside the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, which launched an operation in the Tigray region following a TPLF attack on the north. Order.
The former spy chief further alleges that the young soldiers were chosen secretly in Mogadishu without the knowledge of their families and headed for Addis Ababa. Somalia, he added, was doing “the favor” to Ethiopia, which plays a key role in the peacekeeping mission in the country.
He said the information was obtained from “exclusive” sources within the Ethiopian military. However, Axadlecould not independently verify the claims, but the Ethiopian military has worked closely with the Somali National Army in the fight against Al-Shabaab in addition to being accused of interfering with the domestic politics of Somalia.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently said Operation Tigray was completed after the capture of Merille, the region’s regional administrative capital. In the process, several TPLF commanders were arrested or killed by security forces, a move that drew national condemnation.
Somalia originally issued a statement calling for dialogue which would later be retracted. However, the decision led to the dismissal of Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad, whose sources claimed he was accused by Villa Somalia of being a “sympathizer” of TPLF fighters.
Despite the former spy’s serious allegations, the Somali Federal Government has not issued any statement to support or deny the allegations. Somalia is Ethiopia’s major security partner in the Horn of Africa, and the two countries cooperate well.