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Amisom gets $1m, repulses Shebab attack


Somali police during a drill

Al Shabaab militants Tuesday morning attacked a police station in Lower Shabelle region of Somalia but were repulsed by African Union troops.

“This morning at 0600hrs an attempt by Al Shabaab to attack a police station at Qoryoley, Lower Shabelle was repulsed by Federal Government of Somalia & AMISOM forces,” Amisom said in a statement.

The mission said in the ensuing fight, 15 Al Shabaab fighters were killed.

Their arms and ammunition were also confiscated.

Four Somalia National Army soldiers were injured.

“As was recently noted by AMISOM Force Commander, AMISOM is dedicated to its mandate to support the Federal Government of Somalia.”

Relatedly, Somali Police Force in Kismayo is screening and vetting applicants to be trained by AMISOM.

“New recruits to SPF will be trained with skills to effectively arrest suspects, inspect vehicles, cordon off areas, conduct investigations.”

China donates

Meanwhile, the Government of the People’s Republic of China has donated USD 1.2 million to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The grant documents were signed at AU Headquarters, on 07 September 2015, by the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Amb. Smail Chergui, and China’s Permanent Observer to the African Union, Amb. Kuang Weilin.

Speaking on the occasion, Commissioner Chergui thanked the Chinese Government for the grant and recalled, with gratitude, that in September 2014, China donated USD two million to support the AU’s efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and in January 2015, China again donated USD 1.2 million to the AU Peace Fund.

On behalf of the Chairperson of the Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Commissioner re-stated Africa’s sincere appreciation for China’s strategic partnership for peace, security and stability in Africa.

“This latest grant will help enhance the heroic efforts of Africa’s soldiers for peace in Somalia,” he added.

On his part, Ambassador Kuang Weilin reassured Commissioner Chergui that China will continue to stand with Africa, as the continent strives to rid itself of conflict and achieve sustainable development and prosperity for its people.

The Commissioner and the Chinese Ambassador exchanged views on a wide range of current peace and security situations and issues in Africa, including international efforts to resolve the conflict in South Soudan.

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