SOMALIA: TFG Security Forces working with AMISOM to contain Alshabaab offensive

Published: August 26, 2010

Anticipation and planning is enabling TFG security forces, supported by AMISOM forces, to contain the latest Alshabaab offensive against the Somali people, launched by the extremist group last Monday.
In the last three days it is reliable estimates account for more than 25 Alshabaab militias dead, including Abdulahi Mortar, an extremist military and tactical leader who executed numerous mortar attacks on civilians in the city. Over 70 Alshabaab terrorists were wounded in yesterday’s fighting alone. However, fighting has also resulted in the regrettable death of an estimated 70 innocent civilians, and the wounding of around 200 others. Hospital procedures are coping well. Wounded people are receiving treatment and some medevac is also taking place for the most seriously injured.
The Minister of Information said:

“…All our preparations mean that Al Shabab are left with ever more desperate options. The city will remain on high alert. We know where they are targeting and we are doing everything we can, with outstanding support from AMISOM, to contain the threat. Without the necessary forces, Al Shabab may still get through to murder innocent people, so we need the citizens of the Mogadishu to remain vigilant..”

Somali President Sh Shariif Sh Ahmed offered a ceasefire to allow decent citizens to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan in peace, but the defiant terrorists Alshabaab have failed to respect this offer and are wholly responsible for the fighting around the city. But escalating violence during Ramadan simply reinforces what we already knew.
AlShabab are ruthless in their desire to terrorise the Somali people into submission.

“Their reign of terror doesn’t stop at suicide bombings. Beheadings, amputations, stonings, forced recruitment of children, banning of music and football, grave desecrations and the repression of the media are the hallmarks of Al Shabab. There is no popular support for them and so they turn to ever more desperate measures.”

Ministry of Information, Mogadishu

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