AMISOM Murders Six More Al-Shabaab Commanders In One Week


The African Union mission in Somalia (Amisom) said its troops have killed six al-Shabaab commanders. According to the union, the murder of al-Shabaab commanders was carried out by their troops, along with the Somali National army.

This means that al-Shabaab has lost seven commanders in one week after the same troops claimed they killed one commander. The six al-Shabaab commanders killed over the past few days include a Yemeni bomb expert and a Kenyan, who they say was the chief trainer.

The allied Forces also said they killed the Al-Shabaab commander in Janaale, Abdirashir Bugdube, on April 2, 2016.

Other Al-Shabaab leaders killed by the allied Forces in Sector 1 are; Aden Bale – the Al-Shabaab commander of Leego; Sheikh Mohamed Ali who was second in command in Janaale; Mohamed Abribao who was an Al-Shabaab judge in Janaale; Hassan Ali Dole – the Chief Aminiyat of lower Shabelle region, a Yemeni IED expert “Abu Islam” and Kenyan Sheikh Mansur who was the chief trainer.

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The allied forces have intensified the war against the terrorist group Al-Shabaab. As a result, the Contingent Commander of Sector 1 Brigadier General Sam Okiding stressed that Al-Shabaab are resorting to hit and run tactics more often to avoid direct contact with AMISOM and remain to important.

But the troop will continue to target the group’s key men. Al-Shabaab has not yet commented on whether or not the commanders were killed or on the number of its commanders that were killed.

But earlier this week, a fresh drone strike in Somalia against Al-Shabaab allegedly targeted  a vehicle carrying three Al-Shabaab militants including the militant chief, and the hit was said to be spot on.

Pentagon spokesman mentioned the main target as Hassan Ali Dhoore, the chief, stating that Hassan Ali is responsible for organising recent bomb attacks in which US personnel were killed.

The AMISOM troops also said that operations to open the Main Supply Route to the town of Janale in order to clear Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) is still ongoing and will continue.

AMISOM further said its soldiers have now extended into the town. The clearance activities are meant to ease the movement of the population and goods while they target al-Shabaab commanders.