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.
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
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
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
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
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.