Senior al-Shabaab trainer killed in a military operation

The Somali National Army (SNA) has killed a senior al-Shabaab leader in a recently launched military operation that liberated several towns from the shackles of the blood-lust group.

An SNA official who spoke to the Somali Armed Forces Radio said the operation was aimed at decimating al-Shabaab and has liberated several towns in Lower Juba region.

The deceased terrorist was identified as Ashraf Azmi Abu Hamdan, and was killed with three of his bodyguards, according to Danab, Somali Army’s special forces.

The SNA official said that the operations were carried out in Buurduud, Waabo, Salagle and Duqay, all under Sakow district in Middle Juba region. He also said their mission was to target senior al-Shabaab officials and that they will continue with such operations.

Just recently, Danab forces in the Lower Juba region liberated Hawaaljiri, Bernasey, Yaaqbishaar and Usbo villages, all under Kismayo and Jamaame districts, all of which were previously controlled by al-Shabaab.

 

Man, wrongfully accused, executed by Shabaab

The religious mafia group al-Shabab has recently executed a man it accused of murdering another by firing squad. In attendance were al-Shabaab members and locals who were forced to witness the incident. Hundreds of residents watched as he took his last breath.

The murderous group randomly accuses locals of different crimes that are often far-fetched and uncommon among Somalis. Crimes like sodomy, sorcery and being a spy for foreign powers are the most common. An al-Shabaab “judge” read how the accused pled guilty to his crimes, a plea that is hardly believable knowing the consequences of admitting such a crime in an al-Shabaab court.

Most of the people it accuses are dissidents who are brave enough to vocalize their concerns and refusing to adhere by the group’s stringent rules. Most of them are herders and farmers who refuse to give up their livestock and harvests to al-Shabaab in form of Zakah.

 

Al-Shabaab, in a hypocritical move, opens a COVID-19 centre

In a hypocritical move, al-Shabaab has set up a COVID-19 centre in Jilib town, 112 KMs south of Kismayo. Details on the militant’s treatment centre remains scanty. Al-Shabab noting of great threat posed by the Coronavirus wishes to exploit this current pandemic to establish itself as a caring alternative to the Somali people.

Through its pro-media, the group announced that its treatment committee has opened a COVID-19 centre calling on Somali citizens exhibiting symptoms to seek medical help from their centre. Its ironical the same militant group that frequently carries out bombings and gun attacks in Somalia on civilian targets, including at hotels, intersections and checkpoints, now seeks to help the same populous it has greatly hurt.

Most analysts believe the move to be motivated by the lack of political support the group is facing. More than 14 years of al-Shabaab violence has destroyed the country’s health system, including hospitals, health centers, and dispensaries. The few remaining health institutions are running with support from humanitarian agencies, but they have to constantly withstand threats by the militant group.

Al-Shabaab has previously intentionally disrupted COVID-19 medical interventions killing medical workers in the process. In 2011 and 2012, al-Shabaab resisted the delivery of relief aid during a famine that left at least 250,000 people dead. The terror group has also killed hundreds of medical students graduating during the Hotel Shaamo attack 

For the same group to open up a centre to care for COVID-19 patients when there are no other dispensaries or health facilities in areas under its control is simply laughable and reeks of hypocrisy. 

 

Al-Shabaab’s hopes shattered as the group loses 40 fighters

Somali National Army (SNA) has recently killed 40 al-Shabaab extremists in a fierce fight in the outskirts of Hudur town in the southern region of Bakol, officials confirmed.

Odawa Yusuf Rage, commander of SNA told journalists that the clashes started after government forces got intelligence reports of the militants’ presence in the area and conducted operations.

“Our forces inflicted severe casualties on the militants, killing 40 of them, including the militants’ leader in Hudur area,” Rage said, adding that the army also recovered weapons from the militants.

Locals reported an intense fight in Abal village in the outskirts of Hudur town which caused massive casualties to the blood-suckers. On May 27, Somali forces backed by the Southwestern State army killed six al-Shabaab extremists in another operation in Dinsor town in the southern region of Bay.

Government forces have intensified operations against al-Shabaab extremists in the southern regions. Despite their continued aggression, the Al-Qaeda linked group has been substantially weakened due to ongoing operation by security forces, a move which has led to mass defections.

Several al-Shabaab operations have also been foiled especially in Jubaland. The Jubaland forces repulsed separate attacks in Bilis Qooqani and Dhobley early this month with the aid of the Kenya Defense Forces [KDF].

 

Al-Shabaab raids a water well, kills its owner in cold blood

Members of the blood-lust group al-Shabaab has attacked a water well used by civilians in Mukay Dere town in Middle Shabelle. They killed the owner of the well who was very old, abducted his son and burnt down their water pump motor.

Al-Shabaab is well known for disturbing acts of violence against unarmed civilians specifically designed to instill fear in their hearts.Mukay Dere town in Middle Shabelle is 12 KMs north of Balad town and 40 KMs north of the capital Mogadishu.

The murderous group al-Shabaab is committing heinous crimes against civilians and has overtaken most international terror organizations. It has single handedly killed over 800 civilians in a single attack in October 2017.Residents who still live under the shackles of al-Shabaab are required to resist their rule and make it their duty to kick them out of Somalia. 

 

How women abducted by al-Shabaab end up dying

Civilians who live in villages and towns still under the shackles of al-Shabaab are living in constant fear with the group’s unpredictable nature. Women in particular are vulnerable because of the group’s stringent ideology on them.


Women under al-Shabaab are generally subjected to rape, murder, forced marriage and even forced recruitment as militia members. While some women form an important social base for the murderous group, some have adverse opinion against the group and have paid a heavy price.


Ayan Mohamed Aser, a widow who was previously married to an al-Shabaab suicide bomber, vowed never to get married again to an al-Shabaab member and she paid the ultimate price of death. Soon after she refused to be married to an al-Shabaab member, she became a target of Amniyaat (al-Shabaab’s intelligence wing).


She was kidnapped as she was travelling to Beldweyn town, never to be seen for a while. In April 2013, two years after the kidnapping, her body was dumped in the outskirts of Bula Burde. Defectors from al-Shabaab later said that Ayan was accused of being a spy. It is the group’s only excuse when they eliminate any dissent voice.


Sadiyo was a prominent Somali businesswoman in Jilib town. According to former Al-Shabaab members who have since defected, Sadiyo caught the attention of several members of al-Shabaab who wanted a relationship with her. After she refused to have a relationship with any of them, they started accusing her of being a spy and detained her in a secret prison.


Two years after she disappeared from the public eye, her corpse was found at a dumping site in Jilib town. Just imagine how painful it must have been for her immediate family members. The murderous group al-Shabaab wants to impose its stringent ideology and anyone who opposes their rule faces death but the end of times for the terror group is nigh as they continue to lose territories day by day. 

 

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