Somali Intelligence Agency dismantles an al-Shabaab assassination network

The Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency has dismantled an assassination network run by al-Shabaab’s much-feared amniyat brigade which was secretly operating in the capital city of Mogadishu.
Following a tip-off from the public, intelligence and police officers raided a house in Dharkanley district of the capital where they found an assortment of weapons, including pistols with silencers, maps and layouts of offices and hotels, and a hit list containing the names of politicians, business people, intellectuals and elders that were earmarked to be assassinated.

Al-Shabaab’s power struggle between Ahmed Omar and Ali Dheere intensifies

The ongoing power struggle between the two main al-Shabaab leaders, Ahmed Omar and Ali Mohamed Raage (Ali Dheere), is reported to have reached a boiling point, with Ahmed Omar getting most of the blame.

Ali Dheere has accused Ahmed Omar of being a puppet of the foreign fighters in Somalia. He accused Omar of providing a safe haven and unlimited concessions to foreign fighters while local ones are on the brink of starvation. Omar is also accused of outright theft, including the theft of millions of shillings left behind following the killing of Ahmed Godane. The money, which was under the care of Omar, was meant to help finance al-Shabaab, but he diverted the same for personal use, marrying several women and taking part in lavish parties.

Over 60 terrorists killed in an offensive at Galgala mountains

Over 60 al-Shabaab militants have been killed after the Somali security forces attached their hideout in the Galgala mountainous area, some 50km southwest of the Gulf of Aden port city of Bossaso in the Puntland State of Somalia. 
The Somali security forces overwhelmed the terrorists and succeeded to capture dozens more alive, including include al-Shabaab commanders, Mukhtar Abdinur Ahmed, also known as Ahmed Gurey, and Ahmed Abdi Mohamed. The army has also seized Guri-xoor, Dhagaxdher, Guri Dharkeyn, Gurihis, Karin Xagared and the largest hideout of Digjigle which lies 37km from Galgala village. The forces also confirmed that the country’s forces are currently conducting a series of clean-up operations against the remnants of Al-Shabab members in the area.

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