Al-Shabaab spokesman suffers life threatening injuries


Al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Dhere is reported to have suffered life-threating injuries after his squadron of militants was overpowered by Somali National Army operation in Sham Village.


Ali Dhere was injured after al Shabaab attempted to retake the strategic towns and villages. Turkey-trained troops mounted offensives to drive off the militants from the agricultural areas of Southern Somalia.


At least 17 al Shabaab combatants were killed in the operation that has left the group in disarray seeing as the troops have been mounting attacks in al Shabaab’s backyard.

Ali Dhere has been the face of al Shabaab and especially their propaganda and as such his injuries will set back the group who have been cowering from the pressure from Somali National Army and allied troops.

Al-Shabaab loses key towns in Lower Shabelle


The Somali National Army (SNA) is continuing to conduct military operations aimed at liberating areas in Lower Shabelle region still under the control of the murderous, blood-lust group al-Shabaab.


The military operations saw the liberation of key towns in the region, freeing civilians from the shackles of the terrorist group.


General Yussuf Rage Odawa, the commander of SNA’s infantry division told media that operations would continue until the last village is liberated from the shackles of al-Shabaab.


“We will surprise al-Shabaab with shock and awe attacks on every level and the armed forces are ready to kick out al-Shabaab from their last stronghold. There are major plans underway to clean out terrorists and restore peace and civility in Lower Shabeelle,” he said. 

Al-Shabaab’s use of female suicide bombers shows desperation

 

Somalia has recently witnessed a dramatic uptick of female suicide bombers. In the past four weeks alone, al-Shabaab conducted two suicide attacks and both perpetrators were female.


One attack targeted a seemingly impregnable municipal building which housed the mayor of Mogadishu, claiming the lives of eight people, including Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman, while the other attack was a failed attempt at a Somali army camp post.


As the militant group gloated from the ensuing public reactions of shock, fear, and surprise, the paradigm shift of seeking female suicide bombers to fill their ranks foretells the group’s increasing desperation.


Al-Shabaab’s first use of female suicide bombers was an assassination attempt against the Somali interior minister, Abdishakur Hassan, in 2011. Since then, the group has carried out two more suicide attacks using women in 2012 and 2015, killing 36 people.


Studies of women suicide bombers in other terrorist movements reveal that the use of female suicide bombers shows a long-term organisational decline. The deployment of women bombers by groups is frequently regarded as a last act of desperation.


One of the main reasons is the group’s growing frustration with its inability to get male suicide bombers past crucial checkpoints on their way to their intended targets. In their desperation to circumvent the heavily fortified government sites, the group has opted to use female suicide bombers.

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