MOGADISHU, Somalia – 4 Al-Shabaab commanders have surrendered to authorities forces in Somalia, state media confirmed, within the newest wave of victories towards the militants attributed to an ongoing crackdown on the group, which controls massive swathes of rural central and southern Somalia.
State media reported that Mohamed Ali Hassan alias Moalim Hudeifa, one of the crucial needed Al-Shabaab terrorists alongside along with his different three colleagues surrendered to the Nationwide Military in Center Shabelle in HirShabelle state. The state is the epicenter of efforts towards al-Shabaab.
Intelligence experiences point out that Mohamed Ali Hassan alias Moalim Hudeifa was the commander of the al-Shabaab militants who have been just lately crushed throughout an operation in elements of Center Shabelle final week. He took benefit of the amnesty granted to terrorists by the Somali Nationwide Military [SNA].
To be able to successfully win the battle, the nationwide military has given room for defections from the group with those that benefit from rehabilitation earlier than being reintegrated into society. A whole bunch of the militants have beforehand used the grace interval to defect to the federal government.
In response to state media, his motion was welcomed by prime SNA commanders who insisted the amnesty is a part of the “strategy to completely neutralize al-Shabaab militants”. “The strategy is working well, we hope more of them will use the road to reform.”
Statistics from the army confirmed that dozens of elders sympathetic to the group have since defected to the federal government with senior Al-Shabaab commanders additionally becoming a member of them. The Al-Shabaab militants have misplaced their grip in a number of elements of the nation the place they have been dominant.
In the meantime, the nationwide military arrested eight different militants in Center Shabelle throughout an offensive that additionally noticed the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia [ATMIS], US Africa Command and native militia take part. Consistent with the army doctrines, the arrested people will likely be tried within the army courts.
On Sunday, a self-proclaimed elder Stated Rage and one other militant, each energetic members of the Khawarij, surrendered to the nationwide military, state media added. The federal government via President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has introduced that it’s only a matter of time after HirShabelle and Galmadug are utterly liberated from Al-Shabaab.
The president, in an interview with Al-Jazeera, praised the numerous progress made by the military in liberating totally different elements of the nation, noting that “for the first time we have sustained the war against these criminals”. Hassan Sheikh additionally promised to spend money on ideological ways to defeat the militants.