In two separate incidents, African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM] troops killed more than eight Al Shabaab fighters, including a top commander.
The incidents happened last week in Lower Shabelle region of the horn of Africa nation.
The commander, a chief finance controller of Al Shabaab and head of the Zakat tax collection in Lower Shabelle region, was killed on Monday after AMISOM troops ambushed a venue of an Al Shabaab meeting in Bariire.
The incident in Bariire comes after a botched probe attack by Al Shabaab on an AMISOM Forward Operating Base (FOB) at kilometre 50, on Sunday, in which seven militants were killed and a technical vehicle destroyed.
AMISOM said it will continue working with the federal and state governments to ensure Al-Shabaab is defeated and lasting peace and security restored in Somalia.
To end intermittent flare-ups triggered by inter-clan conflicts in Somalia, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), organised a capacity building workshop to enhance peace and unity through community engagement.
The workshop also focused on conflict resolution for leaders in the grassroots, in the Lower Shabelle region, one of the areas adversely impacted by such conflicts.
District administrators, religious leaders, traditional elders and representatives of women and youth groups from Marka (el Jaale, Shalambot), Aw Dhegely/KM50 and Afgoye districts were among the workshop’s participants. The three-day gathering held in the capital Mogadishu was facilitated by AMISOM’s Political Affairs Unit and funded by Danish government.
“We are passing over responsibilities that we have been handling to the people of Somalia,” Mr. Simon Mulongo, the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, remarked in his address to the participants.
He urged them to find amicably ways to resolve their differences.
“We expect you to use the skills and knowledge acquired here, to promote peace,” he said, while also challenging them to focus on the delivery of essential social services such as health, education, emergency humanitarian response and infrastructure development.
AMISOM’s Senior Political Affairs Officer, Mr. Hajji Ssebirumbi Kisinziggo, noted that the training workshop was also organised to support ongoing efforts in Marka (el Jaale, Shalambot), Aw Dhegely/KM50, by the Sector 1 Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) unit, to end clan differences through dialogue.
“We are expanding in terms of building capacity and we shall also emphasize dialogue and reconciliation, as we work towards the transitioning of responsibilities to the Somali security forces,” Mr. Ssebirumbi said.
He announced that the initiative would be expanded to other parts of Somalia, to help promote peace and reconciliation.
The Governor of Lower Shabelle, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Barre, underscored the importance of unity and peaceful co-existence between clans.
He added, that it was only through peace and unity that the region could develop and defeat Al-Shabaab and other armed groups who have destabilized communities for many years.