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Marwa releases names of ‘Shabaab operatives

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Security officers in Mombasa have released the names of suspected terrorists said to have returned from al Shabaab training in Somalia, and who are reportedly terrorising residents in the county.

Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa yesterday described Nassir Sogomo, Lukeman Khatib, Nurdin Khamis and Jamal Rashid as dangerous al Shabaab terror group operatives, who he said have bases in Majengo and Diani in Ukunda, from where they plot their evil missions.

He said that detectives are zeroing in on the suspects to bring them to book, but raised concerns over some politicians said to be frustrating police efforts to deal with insecurity by funding and bailing out suspects. “We know the suspects and let them be warned that we are tracing their movements.

These are people who have been to Somalia for terrorism training and they are now back to unleash terror on residents but we will not sit and watch that happen,” said Marwa. The commissioner said police officers are also investigating tycoons funding the suspects’ activities and movement to and from Somalia.

He said the suspects have been posing as tuk tuk operators within Mombasa Island, where they have been targeting unsuspecting travellers from upcountry. “Some of them have tuk tuks and they normally position themselves at bus termini during the peak hours where they persuade travellers to board their vehicles.

We have information about them and we are monitoring them,” Marwa told journalists in Mkomani. Above the law He singled out a local Member of County Assembly who he said has been frustrating police efforts to prosecute the suspects by bailing them out whenever they are arrested.

Without dropping names, he said he has a list of notorious criminals who the MCA has bailed out, adding that no-one is above the law. “There is one MCA who has been notorious for bailing out suspects… I have evidence that he has been bailing out suspects whenever they are arrested.

That MCA should watch out because soon we are going to turn to him. Was he elected to serve the interests of wananchi or the interests of suspects?” asked Marwa. Early this year, the government had given amnesty to radicalised youths especially in the Coast, including those who had returned from training in Somalia.

They were required to surrender to the authorities, with Marwa assuring they would not be victimised. “On behalf of the President and the Ministry of Interior, we are asking the returnees and radicalised youths to give themselves up early to chiefs, assistant chiefs, officers commanding stations, officer commanding police division, members of County Assemblies and other authorities,” Marwa had said.

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SNA kills over 20 Al-Shabaab militants killed in Awdhegle district

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The Somali National Army on Sunday, killed more than 20 fighters in a fierce clash that took place in the Awdhegle district of the Lower Shabelle region.

The operation, carried out with precision and determination, not only resulted in the eradication of a considerable number of militants but also led to the recovery of a substantial cache of weapons.

Deputy Minister of Information, Abdirahman Yusuf Al-adala, hailed the l military campaign, highlighting the magnitude of the triumph. He stated, “Our forces have slain over 20 Khawarij fighters, including senior commanders, and have forced them to flee, leaving their fallen comrades behind. We remain steadfast in our commitment to dismantling the terrorist network in this region and throughout our entire country.”

Horrific photographs from the battlefield, depicting the aftermath of the operation near Afgoye district in the same region, have emerged online.

The images vividly portray the grim consequences suffered by the defeated militants, emphasizing the overwhelming superiority of the Somali National Army in combat.

Al-Shabaab has long posed a significant threat to Somalia’s security and stability, constantly striving to undermine the progress made by the government and perpetuate a reign of fear.

The Somali National Army, supported by international partners, has intensified efforts to neutralize Al-Shabaab’s capabilities.

The upcoming second phase of the total war on Al-Shabaab is poised to further weaken the group, targeting its operational infrastructure and leadership.

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Security officials launch investigation as inter-clan conflicts plague Galkayo

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A young and highly regarded doctor was killed inside his health center in Galkacyo town on Saturday evening.

The assailant, dressed in a security uniform, entered the facility accompanied by two unarmed individuals before opening fire on Dr. Sakariye Abdi Jama, resulting in his immediate demise.

The incident, captured on CCTV footage, has sent shockwaves through the community and has raised concerns about the escalating tribal revenge killings that have plagued the northern part of Galkacyo town.

According to security officials, the gunmen swiftly fled the scene following the murder, leaving behind a sense of fear and vulnerability among the residents.

Local reports indicate that this targeted killing is connected to ongoing inter-clan conflicts that have marred the region.

The Puntland administration, responsible for maintaining law and order, now faces increased scrutiny for its perceived inability to effectively combat the rising tide of violence, particularly when it puts innocent civilians at risk.

Dr. Sakariye Abdi Jama, a prominent figure in the medical community, was widely respected for his dedication to providing quality healthcare services to the people of Galkacyo.

His death has left a void in the medical profession, and the community mourns the loss of a compassionate and talented doctor.

The incident has sparked outrage and concern among local residents, who fear that the persistent tribal revenge killings will further destabilize the region and hinder efforts to establish peace and security.

In response to the incident, security officials have launched a thorough investigation to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Authorities have vowed to enhance security measures in Galkacyo town, deploying additional resources to prevent further bloodshed and protect innocent lives.

The recent surge in tribal revenge killings has raised questions about the effectiveness of existing security strategies and initiatives.

Critics argue that the Puntland administration must urgently reassess its approach to combating violence, focusing on comprehensive measures that address the root causes of inter-clan conflicts and promote reconciliation among warring factions.

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President Mohamud Participates in Flag Raising Ceremony for 63rd Anniversary of Independence

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The President of the Federal Government of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, participated in the flag raising ceremony to mark the 63rd anniversary of the independence of the southern regions from the Italian colonies and the unity of the North and South regions of Somalia.

The ceremony, held at the Somali National Presidency, was attended by other top officials of the federal government, state governments, and other dignitaries.

The flag raising ceremony took place at around midnight, which coincided with the same time the flag was raised in Mogadishu on July 1, 1960, when the southern regions gained independence from the Italian colonial government. The president extended his congratulations to all Somalis for their hard work and resilience in the face of challenges.

The celebrations of the independence day are not limited to the capital city of Mogadishu, as many towns across Somalia are also commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the independence of the Southern regions from the Italian colonies and the unity of the North and South regions.

The feeling of joy and jubilation is evident in the capital city with people dressed in clothes made from the flag of the Republic of Somalia. The week-long celebrations of independence began on June 26, 2023, when the northern regions of Somalia gained independence from the British colony.

The unity of the North and South regions of Somalia was a significant milestone in the country’s history, as it brought together two separate territories with different colonial legacies. The union was seen as a symbol of hope and unity for the Somali people, who had suffered years of colonial rule and fragmentation.

However, the country has faced numerous challenges in the years since independence, including political instability, armed conflict, and humanitarian crises. The Somali government, with the support of its partners, has been working to address these challenges and promote peace, stability, and development in the country.

The celebrations of the Independence Day serve as a reminder of the resilience and determination of the Somali people in the face of adversity. As the country continues on its path towards progress and development, it is important to reflect on the achievements of the past and work towards a better future for all Somalis.

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