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UPDF General Says AMISOM Forces Have “Penetrated” Kismayo


viagra sale http://comeandcheck.it/wp-includes/simplepie/enclosure.php geneva;”>The Force Commander Lt-Gen Andrew Gutti confirmed today his forces were marching towards heart of the city, a move that has broken the back of Al Qaeda-linked insurgents.

He did not confirm that the entire town had been seized as earlier alleged by different section of the media.

“AMISOM appeals for all in Kismayo to remain calm. AMISOM’s intent is to liberate the people of Kismayo to enable them to lead their lives in peace, stability and security,” said Gutti.

He added that “operations are ongoing to neutralize specific Al-Shabaab targets in Kismayo.”

He also urged all fighters remaining in Kismayo to lay down their arms.

Gutti said in recent days and weeks, a number of them have contacted AMISOM indicating their wish to cease fighting “and we have assured them of their safety if they give themselves up peacefully to our forces.”

The Al Shabaab last week suffered a significant setback when over 200 militants from the Al-Qaeda linked group disengaged and gave themselves up to AMISOM forces in Garsale, approximately 10 km from the town of Jowhar and some 80 km from the capital, Mogadishu.

The first fighters disengaged in the early hours of Saturday morning, with a stream of Al-Shabaab militants giving themselves up peacefully to AMISOM forces in Garsale.

By the afternoon, over 200 militants had surrendered and were under AMISOM control.

The events came after in-fighting between militants in the region in which 8 Al-Shabaab were killed by rival militants.

The numbers included two senior Al-Shabaab commanders. AMISOM forces recovered over 80 weapons at the scene.

The fighters were peacefully taken into AMISOM’s protection and will be transferred to Mogadishu for rehabilitation.

Deputy Force Commander of operations, Brigadier Michael Ondoga said last week: “Today’s events confirm that Al-Shabaab is divided and being defeated across Somalia. Somalia is moving towards a secure and stable future free from the scourge of violence and terror. The political transition has ended, and the Somali people have the opportunity to shape together a more peaceful future.

“We call on all those who want peace not terror to lay down their arms. A number have contacted AMISOM indicating their wish to cease fighting. We have assured them of their safety if they give themselves up peacefully to AMISOM forces, as those surrendering in Garsale have done today”.


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