Africa 1.8.2016 11:13 am

Somali government, AU vow to stop Al Shabaab

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

Somali national security and AMISOM forces, under the leadership of the new force commander, ‘would help stabilise and boost security of the country’.

After Sunday’s deadly attack on a police compound in Mogadishu by Al Shabaab, which killed at least 13 people, the Somali government and the African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia have vowed to work together to eliminate the threat posed by the militants.

Senior officials of the Somali government and Somali national security forces pledged to work closely with the newly appointed AMISOM Force Commander Lieutenant General Osman Noor Soubagleh, to ensure Al Shabaab terrorists are defeated and peace is restored, during a dinner hosted by AMISOM on Saturday night in Mogadishu.

The dinner was held to welcome Soubagleh. The dinner was also attended by the special representative of the AU Commission chairperson for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira.

The minister of internal security of Somalia, Abdirisak Omar Mohamed, expressed optimism that the Somali national security forces and AMISOM forces, under the leadership and guidance of the new force commander, would help stabilise and boost security of the country.

“We are indeed very fortunate to have Soubagleh appointed as the force commander for two reasons,” said Mohamed.

“He understands the cultural dynamics of Somali people and speaks the language, hence it is easier for Somali national forces to communicate with him. Even though the responsibility is huge and he has been entrusted with a daunting task, he will do well,” the minister added.

Major General Mohamed Aden Ahmed concurred with the minister’s sentiments and asked the Somali national forces to work closely with AMISOM to ensure the joint security operations undertaken have a lasting positive impact.

Soubagleh thanked his colleagues, both from the Somali national security forces and AMISOM, for the warm welcome and appealed for joint efforts in fighting Al Shabaab and ensuring the militants are defeated.

“We must take initiative to fight them in their safe havens. We must isolate them from the population and provide Somali people with security and enable them to rebuild their country.

“We cannot achieve this alone as AMISOM. We need the Federal Government of Somalia and the Somali national forces’ support and assistance from our partners.

“It should be understood that our major objective is to assist Somali national forces in liberating their country from Al Shabaab,” the new Force Commander noted.

 

Soubagleh formally assumed office last month, with the key task being to aid Somali national security forces maintain security during the forthcoming elections and ensuring the fight against Al Shabaab terrorists is sustained and more areas liberated, among others.

– African News Agency (ANA)

 

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