KDF captures al-Shabaab commander as Ethiopian troops flee


Ethiopian troops on patrol

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and Jubba state forces have captured an al-Shabaab commander in lower Jubba region of Somalia.

According to The Star, the captured al-Shabaab commander is said to be of Ethiopian origin and will be held for questioning by the Jubbaland authorities.

The al-Shabaab commander was captured after the joint military operation  at Abdalla-Birole village near the town of Kismayu.

The capture of the militant commander is a victory for Kenyan forces as President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the war-torn nation for the IGAD summit.

The capture of the al-Shabaab commander comes after Thirteen  militants were on Sunday, September 4, killed in a failed ambush attempt on KDF convoy in Ras Kamboni, Somalia.

Ethiopia troops withdraw

Meanwhile, Ethiopian troops are reported to have vacated a military base in Moqokari locality- 140km to the south east of the capital town of the region, Beladwene stocking fears of possible Al-Shabaab attacks.

The troops left the locality in a convoy of military vehicles at about 7:30 am local time after a one year stay, according to Goobjoog News.

“I cannot state why Ethiopian troops abandoned their base here but I can tell you that Somali Military forces are here, and we can defend ourselves with any possible attack from the enemy,” Moqokari commissioner, Hassan Makaraan, told Goobjoog News shortly after Ethiopian troops’ withdrawal.

Al-Shabaab was pushed from Moqokari locality in 2015 when the Ethiopian forces set their base there.


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