28 July 2014

Somalia: Amisom Captures Weapons From Al Shabaab

AMISOM troops together with the Somali National Army have on Monday captured an assortment of weapons and ammunition from al Shabaab suspects in Mogadishu.

These were seized at the Asuman Atto Garage in Mogadishu town during a cordon and search operation conducted this morning.

The weapons recovered include 151 tortoise grenades, 238 Multi- Grenade Launchers, 43 boxes of 82 millimeter motor fuses, rocket propel grenade pipes as well as RPG shells and guns.

Also recovered were sipper riffles with attached telescopes, anti-tanker bombs and various types of guns and ammunition.

The AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen. Silas Ntigurirwa says such operations are part of the wider effort to improve security in Mogadishu and Somalia in general.

"Since we launched operation Eagle, we also launched the cordon and search in Mogadishu which is a bigger activity conducted by AMISOM troops, particularly sector one commander, which is occupied by UPDF forces, jointly, with the Somali National Army, with NISA and Somali people," he said.

He further noted that some of the weaponry captured was already assembled and loaded for use and could have been used to cause extensive harm to the Somali people.

The Sector Commander Dick Olum applauded the Somali people for providing key intelligence information that has facilitated frustration of several attacks by the al Shabaab.

He however called for vigilance, warning that al Shabaab terrorists easily blend into communities and may not be easily identified.


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