Somalia President offers amnesty to Al Shabaab fighters

Published: July 24, 2015

Somalia President offers amnesty to Al Shabaab fightersSomalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud has offered an amnesty to members of the militant group al-Shabaab, moments after the Somali government troops and African Union forces pushed out of the extremists from their last major strongholds.
In a Press statement, Mr Mohamoud said that his government is ready to welcome to those who are ”willing” to renounce from the violence.
“There is no future in extremism. Our doors remain open for those willing to renounce this false calling and join in the rebuilding efforts our people and country. The time is now.
“The future of Somalia is in our hands. Let us continue to be ambitious in the interest of peace and security.’’
It is the third time the President has offered amnesty to the al-Qaeda-linked militants in less than two years.
A presidential pardon, rehabilitation programme, education and training are being offered to militants taking part.
Al-Shabaab has lost the control of its last major strongholds in Southern Somalia within 48-hours after the allied forces launched an offensive to secure the remaining territories under the extremists control last week.
The extremists remain dangerous, unpredictable and bold, known for audacious and chilling attacks. Their fighters routinely target the Somali government in Mogadishu. The group has also sought to terrorize neighboring Kenya.
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