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Al-Shabaab holds urgent meeting days after KDF commander's trip to Somalia

Tuesday July 30, 2019

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In a bid to streamline it's operations and internal administration, Al-Shabaab militants held a emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the situation, reports have emerged.

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Rocked in internal feuds and succession politics, a much neutralised Al-Shabaab has now shifted focus to Somalia, their motherland, with frequent attacks on Kenya reducing.

In the last three weeks, the militants have killed over 50 people inside Somalia, with the attack in Kismayo which had 27 people dead being the worst casualty in recent days.

On Friday, four commanders steered the meeting, which also saw other operatives from several administrative units in territories under Al-Shabaab attending.

"Al-Shabaab leaders reportedly had a rare meeting on Friday in the vicinity of Bulo Falay in Bay region. Leader Abu Ubaidah, Mahad Karate, Ibrahim Ali Aden, Ja’far Dhere and other officials attended the meeting which was discussed on security and reforming Wilayat, per sources," VOA journalist Harun Maruf said.
Kenya has beefed up security in borders, closing down Kiunga in Lamu, following attempts by the militants to target Kenyan population.

Incidentally, the meeting comes barely a week after Army Commander Lieutenant General Walter Raria, visited Kenyan troops in Somalia.

"This was under his routine visits that the commander makes to monitor and motivate troops in the field. As the troops continue to defend the territorial integrity of the Republic of Kenya, such visits accord the commander an opportunity to interact and share experiences with the soldiers at their areas of operation," read a statement from KDF.

Kenya is keen to pullout KDF troops from the war torn nation by 2021, according to African Union plans. By then, they are expecting that Somalia National Army will have a capacity to handle the terrorists.

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