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Southwest special forces kill al-Shabaab militants in Bay Region | Coastweek

LABAATAN, Jirow, Somalia (AMISOM) -- South West Special Forces [left] have killed al-Shabbab militants, destroyed hideouts and recovered firearms in the on-going security operation in Labaatan Jirow neighbourhood situated in Baidoa, Bay Region, Somalia. Recovered AK 47 rifles [right] and ammunition. AMISOM PHOTOS - SABIR OLAD

Southwest special forces kill 'al-Shabaab' militants in Bay Region

LABAATAN, Jirow, Somalia (AMISOM) -- Southwest Special Forces have conducted an operation in Labaatan Jirrow, in Somalia’s southwestern region, during which they killed Al-Shabbab militants and recovered firearms, a regional administration official has said.

The operation, carried out jointly with forces of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), is aimed at flushing out Al Shabaab militants from the Bay and Bakool region. Labaatan Jiroow is located 60KMs out of Baidoa district in Bay region.

Addressing a media briefing, Interim Southwest Administration Minister in charge of Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration, Hassan Hussein Mohamed, commended the forces for the successful operation.

Killed in the operation was an Al-Shabaab leader who was oversaw zakat collection, Mohamed said.

The forces also recovered guns and ammunition.

Mohamed said similar operations would be conducted in cooperation with AMISOM across the Bay and Bakool regions.

He urged the public to support the initiative, which would guarantee safety for communities in those regions.
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African Union forces capture key location from Al-Shabaab in Soutern Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops backed by Somali National Army (SNA) captured a key location in southern Somalia from Al-Shabaab militant group Thursday.

"Our AU forces, together with SNA, took control of Abdalla Birole location. The militants fled the area and there were no casualties during the operation from our side," AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Force Spokesman Joe Kibet told Xinhua by phone.

Abdalla Birole location lies about some 60 kilometers west of Kismayo town, the administrative capital of southern Somalia’s Jubaland State.
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Africa Union promotes community policing to curb extremism in Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has kicked off a campaign tour across the Horn of Africa nation to rally Somalis, especially the youth, to counter violent extremism.

A statement from the pan-African body’s mission said Tuesday its police have visited the port city of Kismayo to educate youths and the general public about community policing and fighting against radicalization.

AMISOM Police Public Information Officer, Chief Inspector John Marete stressed the significance of such community engagements, which he said was an integral part of modern-day policing.

He said the engagements would remain key in all activities undertaken together with the federal and regional Somali police.

Most of the terror attacks in Somalia are being committed by radicalized youth.

The statement said representatives of the business community, youth, women’s groups and civil society pledged to work together with the Somali police and other security agencies, to foster peace in the area.

Jubbaland Police Commissioner Colonel Hassan Kheyre said they have planned to strengthen the collaboration between the community and the police.

"We as the police cannot fulfill our duties without the help of the society.

"These members of the community have to share with us information related to criminal acts, to enable the police respond accordingly," Kheyre said.

Southwest special forces kill al-Shabaab militants in Bay Region | Coastweek

LABAATAN, Jirow, Somalia (AMISOM) -- South West Special Forces [left] have killed al-Shabbab militants, destroyed hideouts and recovered firearms in the on-going security operation in Labaatan Jirow neighbourhood situated in Baidoa, Bay Region, Somalia. Recovered AK 47 rifles [right] and ammunition. AMISOM PHOTOS - SABIR OLAD

             

 

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