3 AMISOM Troops Injured In Kismayo Attack


rx prostate geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>“AMISOM strongly condemns today’s IED attacks in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo which injured AMISOM troops and Somali civilians, more about ” AMISOM said in a statement seen by Chimpreports on Thursday.

and geneva;”>The explosions happened between Kismayo town and Via Afmadhow junction as an AMISOM convoy was passing on its routine duties.

Two Somali civilians as well as three AMISOM troops suffered injuries and are receiving treatment at AMISOM medical facility.

“We strongly condemn the cowardly attacks which have endangered the lives of the people of Kismayo. These attacks will not deter us in our efforts to protect and support the people of Somalia as they rebuild their country,” said AMISOM force Commander Lt Gen Andrew Gutti.

Having been forced out of key towns, the Al Shabaab embarked on an urban terrorism campaign.

Gen Gutti reiterated the mission’s support to the Somali National Security Forces saying the two were working closely to improve security in Kismayo.

Meanwhile, AMISOM in collaboration with its partners has today started a meeting on information sharing in Mombasa, Kenya.

The objective is to set in motion and sustain a process of regular exchange of information and intelligence between AMISOM, the Somali security agencies and all relevant regional and continental structures.

The three-day meeting will be attended by the Somali National Security Agencies (Army, Police and National Intelligence Agency); the troops and police contributing countries; representatives from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Mali, Chad, IGAD, the African Union , the African Center for the Research and Study on Terrorism (ACRST) and the Center for Intelligence and Security Services in Africa (CISSA).

Speaking during the opening ceremony, the AU Special Representative for Somalia-Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif reminded the participants that the acts perpetrated by terrorists have no boundaries. Therefore the fight against terrorism must be well coordinated.

“After suffering major setbacks, Al-shabaab has now adopted the method of asymmetric warfare. The right way to deal with this new threat is the mastering of information in terms of intelligence gathering. And I am confident that this meeting will help you in identifying the proper mechanisms for information gathering and information sharing,” said Ambassador Annadif.

The meeting which is a platform for information exchange, is expected to produce a better appreciation of the current situation in Somalia, a country facing serious security challenges linked to terrorism, organized crimes and the proliferation of weapons.

It also expected to lead to the strengthening of the Mission’s relevant structures as well as those in the region to exchange information and intelligence; elaboration of modalities for enhanced cooperation among all actors, including production of alerts, briefs and assessments on the prevailing situation; and the identification of practical steps to enhance the capacity of the National Security and Intelligence Agency (NISA), Somalia National Police (SNP) and Somalia National Army (SNA) to collect, analyze and respond to threats.


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