14 July 2013

Somalia: Jubaland Forces Launch Security Operation in Kismayo

Kismayo — The security forces of Somalia's Jubaland administration launched a massive security operation in two areas of Kismayo on Saturday, Garowe Online reports.

Speaking on Puntland-based independent station Radio Garowe on Wednesday night, Abdirahman Ahmed Abdullahi an officer in charge of the security forces operation said the security forces have "recovered three AK-47 rifles and captured four Al Shabaab suspects" during the operation.

"The general security situation of Kismayo has been improving for the past weeks after our security forces took tougher security measures and ousted a group of criminals who were sent from Mogadishu to destabilize Jubaland," Mr. Abdullahi added.

Continuing, Mr. Abdullahi said that they will continue the ongoing security operations until the situation returns to normal "I am hopeful that Kismayo will be free from Al Shabaab remnants and anti-Jubaland elements," he stated.

In September 2012, Kenyan-AMISOM troops and Somali local forces liberated Al Shabaab militia from Kismayo, followed by the formation of Jubaland administration and Kismayo became a hotbed for deadly battles between Jubaland administration led by President Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) and the Somali Federal Government's widely speculated proxy former warlord Col. Barre Hirale.

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