A senior member of al-Shabab on Tuesday surrendered to the government in Jowhar, a town located approximately 90 kilometres from Mogadishu.
Dini roble, Hirshabelle state police spokesman in Jowhar told SNA radio that Hassan Ahmed Mahmoud known as "Ahmed Dheere" who was a senior Al-Shabaab leader told the security forces surrendered and said that he was willing to join the government.
The senior al-Shabab operative said he left the militant group voluntarily.
"I have taken part in several operations, but I have decided to quit the militants and be part of the community," Mohamed said.
Jowhar is the administrative capital of Hirshabelle and a strategic agricultural town located approximately 90 kilometres (55 miles) from the Somali capital Mogadishu.