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April 22, 2021

AMISOM forces step up operations against Al-Shabaab in Somalia

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The African Union Mission Forces (AMISOM] have continued their onslaught against Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, targeting some of the supply routes which have been blocked by the Al-Qaida linked group in the country.

The AU forces continued to rescue several towns and villages in North of Mogadishu where the militants have been targeting civil servants, civilian passenger vehicles and security forces.

In a statement, AMISOM said the group is targeting Gololey and Ceel- gelow village in the north of Mogadishu as the Somali National Army (SNA) also joined the operations. The SNA troops are set to take over security responsibilities in the country once AMISOM leaves.

AMISOM this week bestowed awards to a contingent of its soldiers for their contribution to the ongoing peacebuilding process in Somalia.

The soldiers, from Battle Group 29, were awarded medals at a ceremony presided over by the AMISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya and attended by senior AMISOM military officers.

The AU has also sent a contingent of 144 police officers from Nigeria to Mogadishu on Saturday, to serve under AMISOM for a period of one year, during which they will mentor and provide operational support to the Somali Police Force (SPF).

With the stat of the holy month of Ramadan (a month when al-Shabaab vigorously intensifies attacks against civilians and government interests); so far AMISOM and SNA have contained the group and limited them to far fewer attacks than expected.

 

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