Somalia: Al-Shabab's Hit and Run Commander in Hiiraan Surrenders

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Thursday June 01, 2017 - 16:16:34 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: Al-Shabab's Hit and Run Commander in Hiiraan Surrenders

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) —Senior Al-Shabab commander who used to lead a hit and run unit of the militant group in the central Somalia region of Hiiraan has surrendered to the security forces in the region, a military court official Moha

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Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo called for Al-Shabab fighters and commanders to surrender.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) —Senior Al-Shabab commander who used to lead a hit and run unit of the militant group in the central Somalia region of Hiiraan has surrendered to the security forces in the region, a military court official Mohamed Abdukadir Mohamed confirms.
Mr. Mohamed said the militant Bishar Mumin Afrah surrendered after defecting from an Al-Shabab stronghold village in the region.
"He contacted the security forces and shared his intention to defect. He was received by security officials and currently is under probe to ascertain his claims.” Mohamed said "He was alone and with his AK-47 rifle".
According to the security officials, militant Afrah has been known to security forces in Hiiraan as he was in charge of Al-Shabab’s operations in the rural areas where he led dozens of militant fighters to carry hit and run attacks.
The surrender is likely as a result of Somalia’s top government officials pledge to the militant group to lay down arms and surrender as they were promised for full amnesty.
In two different occasions, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo called for Al-Shabab fighters and commanders to surrender as he said that the government will in return provide rehabilitation and job creation opportunities for those who renounce violence and accept peace.

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