8 November 2012

Somalia: Amisom Starts Training Courses for Somali Soldiers in Beledweyne

Photo: The Daily Nation
Members of Al Shabaab (file photo).

Beledweyne — The African Union Mission in Somalia known as (AMISOM) forces Started Training Course for the Somali soldiers in Beledweyne, a town located some 40 kilometers from the border with Ethiopia.

The spokesman of Hiiraan region, central Somalia Mohamed Nur said Thursday the AU forces in the town of Beledweyne began to train the Somali National army (SNA) on improving their army skills.

The specific objectives of the training courses are; driving cars, a code of language during the operations. He did not clarify how long the training will last and how many soldiers would take part.

Mr. Nur was particularly pleased that for the first time the workshop was being attended by senior officials of the Somali Federal Government in Hiiraan region

Early this year, Hundreds of Djiboutian soldiers have been deployed in the central Somali town of Beledweyne to take part of African Union peacekeeping forces (AMISOM) serving in Somalia since 2007.

In early 2012, Ethiopian troops had captured Beledweyne from Al Shabaab and the new arrival of AMISOM forces aimed to bolster security in the region.

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