Ex-President of Somalia Calls for Investigation Regarding Al-Shabaab’s Recent Attack in Awswayn, Galgaduud District
Sunday August 27, 2023
In Mogadishu, Somalia, a harrowing attack perpetrated by Al-Shabaab militants in Awswayn, Galgaduud region yesterday has garnered strong condemnation and prompted calls for a thorough investigation led by former Somali President, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
Sharif Sheikh Ahmed took to Facebook, a platform he frequently utilizes to address public concerns, urging a comprehensive examination into the devastating assault that tragically claimed many lives. He emphasized the need for the defense committee of the BFS (Federal Parliament of Somalia) to delve deeply into the events leading up to the significant loss of our valiant troops and scrutinize the responsibilities of the officers in charge of the affected region.
Amidst the backdrop of frequent conflict, this recent attack stands out due to its ferocity and the resulting loss of lives and resources. It not only dealt a blow to the military’s strength but also dealt a heavy blow to the morale of national forces. However, amidst the chaos, a glimmer of hope emerged as national forces were praised for their resilience and successful recapture of the historical city of Elbur, along with other areas in the Galgaduud region.
Eyewitnesses on the ground reported overwhelming displays of power by the Al-Shabaab militants, resulting in significant casualties among the national army and the seizure of substantial military assets. These reports paint a grim picture, intensifying criticism of the government’s preparedness and strategic approach.
Such severe incidents against government forces have been sporadic in recent times, making this attack a wake-up call for the nation. With mounting criticism from diverse sectors, many argue that an immediate reassessment of the government’s approach towards Al-Shabaab is necessary.
As the aftermath of the assault continues to unfold, the Somali government’s response to these demands for accountability and change remains uncertain.