Al-Qaeda and ISIL factions clash in Hagar district of Lower Jubba region

Heavy fighting has erupted between two al-Shabaab factions that support opposing al-Qaeda and ISIL terror networks in Hagar district of Lower Jubba region.

Local sources have indicated that the fighting started when the faction supporting al-Qaeda arrested two commanders who have been vocal in their support for ISIL terror network based in Iraq and Syria. The fighting has cooled off in Hagar 180 km from Kismayo, but the two sides are reinforcing their battle positions and preparing for further clashes that could reignite anytime.

American terrorists surrender to government and allied forces

A white American man who was a member of the al-Shabaab terror group has surrendered to government troops and allied AMISOM forces based in Barawe town of Lower Shabelle region.

Abdimalik Abdisamad Jones who hails from Baltimore, Maryland has told the government forces that he fled the intensifying bloodletting within al-Shabaab. He said he feared for his life after al-Shabaab’s much feared Amniyat brigade began targeting ISIL sympathizers, adding that a number of his foreign fighter colleagues have already been assassinated.

Government says it will not relent on its campaign against terror

The Government of Somalia has said that al-Shabaab’s horrid attacks in the country will not deter the ongoing military campaign against terrorists.

The government termed the recent al-Shabaab attack on an AMISOM base in El-adde, Gedo region as cowardly. It sent its condolences to the families of the brave soldiers who were in the country to help Somalia get back on its feet.

The attack where a number of AMISOM soldiers have died has roused the world’s resolve to defeat the al-Shabaab militias who have been committing atrocities against the Somali people. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, has strongly condemned al-Shabaab and promised to continue supporting efforts to defeat terrorism.

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