3 July 2012

Somalia: Ras Kamboni Leader Vows to Capture Kismayo Town From Al Shabab

Dhoblay — Sheik Ahmed Madobe, the Chairman of Ras Kamboni movement, pro-government fighters in southern Somalia, on Tuesday promised to seize soon the Al shabab-held port town of Kismayo, some 500 kilometers (310 miles) South of Mogadishu.

"My fighters [Ras Kamboni] along with Kenyan military are planning in the coming times to launch a major joint assault on Kismayo and take over its control from Al shabab," said Sheik Ahmed Madobe, adding that they will use infantry troops and fighter jets.

Somali government forces allied with Kenyan army have made military gains in the border regions, and are hoping to push Al-Shabaab out of Kismayo, a main stronghold port town for the militants in southern Somalia.

Ras Kamboni is involved the ongoing Somali government and Kenyan military battles against Al-Shabab militants in Lower and Middle regions, two states in southern Somalia

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