Increase in Collaborative Patrols by ATMIS and Somali Security Forces in Barawe
Tuesday September 26, 2023
Barawe – In order to prevent attacks by the Al-Shabaab terror group, troops from the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and the Somali Security Forces have intensified their joint patrols in the Barawe district of South West State.
The Commander for Battle Group 38, Colonel Christopher Berochan, from ATMIS Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) stationed in Barawe, stated that these joint patrols would offer proactive and reactive responses to any activities that pose a threat to peace and security in the Lower Shabelle region.
“We are doubling our efforts in collaborating with the Somali Security Forces (SSF) to counter any risks posed by Al-Shabaab in Barawe and its surroundings,” Colonel Berochan declared.
He reassured the residents that the African Union troops would continue to provide support and emphasized the group’s continued collaboration with the SSF.
“We want to assure everyone in the district that ATMIS is working closely with the SSF day and night to maintain peace and security here,” Colonel Berochan affirmed.
Situated 210 kilometers southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, Barawe serves as the main port of South West State and falls within ATMIS Area of Responsibility.
Colonel Berochan emphasized the importance of teamwork in ensuring the safety of the Barawe district, enabling its residents to live their lives without fear.
Barawe District Commissioner, Omar Sheikh Abdi Shafana, echoed Colonel Berochan’s sentiments, emphasizing the need for constant vigilance to prevent planned attacks by the terror group.
“The purpose of these patrols is to thwart any planned attacks by Al-Shabaab, and we are determined to maintain the momentum to ensure their plans do not succeed in Barawe,” stated the District Commissioner, who also took part in the joint patrols.
The Barawe district has remained peaceful since being liberated from Al-Shabaab in 2014, when it served as a launchpad for terrorist activities in Mogadishu and other major towns.
ATMIS and SSF have recently increased their patrols following intelligence reports indicating heightened activities by Al-Shabaab in the Lower Shabelle region.