Amisom defeats Al Shabaab, seizes arms


African Union soldiers and Somali national army have conducted a successful joint operation in Janaale, Lower Shabelle, dislodging Al Shabaab militants based there.

Amisom said in a tweet yesterday that the terrorists fled towards Tortorow after a humiliating defeat and AMISOM forces are now in operational control of the town.

“Following their ouster, the joint forces safely defused IED emplacements, seizing Al Shabaab flags and weapons,” the mission said.

“AMISOM and SNA forces will continue with operations until the area is free of all traces of the group.”

Janaale is the spot where the militants overrun a UPDF base killing scores and capturing weapons recently.

The security situation in Somalia has seen improvement with the strengthening of its national police force despite the constant threat of terrorist attacks from Al Shabaab, the Force’s Commissioner, Gen Mohammed Sheikh Hamud, has said.

Gen Hamud said the police service, which is receiving training from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), is focusing on internal security and learning from terror attacks that take place in Mogadishu and elsewhere.

“People do not realize the improvements made in security. They only comment when there is an explosion or suicide attack. These attacks will continue as long as we have radicalized youth. It is not an easy thing as it is also happening in other cities, including Europe. But if you compare since 2010, we are in a better state of security”, Gen Hamud told a group of journalists from countries that have contributed troops to the regional force.

The journalists were in Mogadishu to report on the situation in Somalia and the steps AMISOM has made in stabilizing Somalia and degrading Al Shabaab.

AMISOM Police Commissioner, Brig. Gen. Anand Pillay, who was also present, said the country’s revamped police force is being structured to accommodate the country’s new federal system of government.

He said the two police forces are engaged in security measures in advance of the holy month of Ramadhan that starts in early July and general elections later this year.

“We have revised our concept of operations to align with the new political status. Now we are in all the Somali regions”, Pillay said at the press briefing held early this week.

AMISOM offers 12 week basic training courses for police before their deployment, followed by on-the-job training.

Hamud said the force needed more ammunition and equipment to bring it up to full capacity.

This week, the Security Council expressed grave concern at the fragility of the security situation in Somalia but paid tribute to African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Army for their efforts in reducing the threat posed by Al-Shabaab.


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