Friday July 30, 2021
A senior member of al-Shabab on Wednesday surrendered to government forces in Garbaharey, a town located in Southern Somalia, an official confirmed on Thursday.The senior al-Shabab commander who also spoke to the media said he left the militant group voluntarily.
Mohamed Jama, commander of Somali National Army (SNA) in Garbaharey, told SNA radio that Abdirazak Abdullahi Mohamed, who was a senior al-Shabab operative contacted Somali forces and informed them that he was willing to join the government.
"Mohamed was in charge of assassinations in Garbaharey. He has been fighting along al-Shabab for six years," said Jama.
"I have taken part in several operations in Gedo and Bay regions, but I have decided to quit the militants and join government forces," Mohamed said.
The latest incident comes amid sustained operations by government forces against al-Shabab in central and southern parts of Somalia where the militants still control huge swathes of rural areas where they conduct ambushes and plant landmines.