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Al-Shabaab terror kingpin surrenders



from SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – FOLLOWING the surrender of an Al-Shabaab leader this week, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has urged Al-Shabaab terrorists to embrace the amnesty programme of the government by laying down their arms.

Terrorists’ leader, Hussein Mukhtar, surrendered to the Somali National Army in the southwestern Baidoa.

“AMISOM hopes other sons and daughters of Somalia who have been misled into terrorist acts will emulate Mukhtar,” said a spokesperson.

“They must lay down their weapons and join other Somalis in rebuilding their country. The government has offered amnesty.”

Somalia has endured decades of attacks by the Islamic militant Al-Shabaab terror group, whose insurgency has left the country on the verge of a fresh famine. Over 260 000 people died in the famine in 2010.

The terror group is carrying out attacks in neighbouring Kenya in response to the deployment of the Kenya Army in AMISOM.

AMISOM has meanwhile made inroads against the terror group, most notably driving the insurgents out of the capital Mogadishu.

Last week, Kenya Defence Forces in Somalia killed over 50 insurgents.

– CAJ News