Somalia: Ex-house speaker’s driver defects to Al-Shabaab

MOGADISHU, Somalia – An elite driver linked to quick former Speaker of the Home of Commons Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Osman has defected to al-Shabaab militants, in one of the vital stunning incidents to boost questions in regards to the security of VIPs within the Horn of Africa. .

Often ex-government officers of Mursal’s caliber are given safety with their drivers who’re extremely educated for safety causes and the person in query is a beneficiary of the identical. Mursal misplaced to Sheikh Madobe in the course of the epic Home of Lords battle this yr.

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Whereas receiving information of the unprecedented defection, Mursal famous that he was extraordinarily intrigued by the flip of occasions, including that “this is completely unexpected”. He mentioned all through their collaboration that he has by no means observed “funny behavior and elements of extremism”.

A video making the rounds on social media platforms confirmed the driving force admitting that he had since shifted his allegiance to Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda-linked group wreaking havoc in central and southern Somalia. The group is preventing to topple the delicate UN-backed federal authorities in Somalia.

In his interview with Voice of America, the person claimed that his resolution to hitch the group was motivated by “personal security” that he didn’t develop and the “inadequate” wage from the federal government. Such motives for becoming a member of the group are synonymous.

Mursal mentioned the defector had been educated as a VIP driver and will drive the armored automobiles donated by the US authorities to Somalia’s federal authorities. He underwent the coaching earlier than being transferred to the previous speaker’s workplace.

Requested if the person was concerned in a latest complicated assault concentrating on a resort subsequent to the presidential palace and fled because of this, the previous speaker mentioned he was awaiting the outcomes of an investigation by safety businesses.

Al-Shabaab militants are at the moment on the receiving finish, forcing a lot of them to flee the nation after huge operations in central Somalia and southern areas. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud just lately mentioned it’s “only a matter of time” earlier than the nationwide military takes full management of HirShabelle and Galmadug.

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