Terror group al-Shabaab is facing a major crisis that could lead to war among the group members. This is after its feared leader Abu Mansoor deserted the group with his fighters said to be nearly a thousand strong. TUKO.co.ke has learnt that the terror group has sent its fighters to hunt and kill Abu Mansoor.
Abu Mansoor, had earlier been removed from the wanted list by the US government, a sign that he was turning against the militant group in favour of the American government. The US government had placed US$ 5 million bounty on Abu Mansoor. According to reports from Somalia, Abu Mansour’s fighters are camped in a mountainous area near Abal village. Al-Shabaab fighters are said to be heading to the camp with heavy fighting expected as both groups are heavily armed.
The desertion of Abu Mansoor is now expected to weaken the terror and hopefully signal its end as he controlled a large number of its fighters who are expected to join him.
Al-Shabaab emerged in 2006 from the now-defunct Islamic Courts Union, which once controlled Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu. The militant group launched its own insurgency on major Somali cities in 2009, taking control of Mogadishu and southern Somalia. In 2015, the militant group launched a deadly assault on Garissa University College.
Source: Tuko News