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Somalia: 200 former Al Shabaab agents surrender to allied forces

MOGADISHU, Somalia Sep 23 2012 (Garowe Online) – 200 hundred Al Shabaab agents surrendered to African Union and Somali government forces on Sunday amid a chain of bombings and assassinations in Mogadishu, Garowe Online reports.

Spokesman for the African Union forces deployed in Somalia, Col. Ali Adan Hamud, said that the agents who surrendered were equipped with their weapons had decided to give up fighting for Al Shabaab and join government forces.

“These Al Shabaab agents renounced their allegiance with the terrorist group and decided to join the government forces.

“We are welcoming this decision by the militants and we are providing their security,” continued Col. Hamud.

The spokesman also stated that reports that said the agents were actually civilians who were looking to join the battle in the Middle Shabelle region by surrendering to the allied forces were false.

“The 200 agents who surrendered included two Al Shabaab officials, we welcome anyone separating from Al Shabaab and we will protect them,” said Col. Hamud.

Al Shabaab did not comment on the agents who split from the organization on Sunday.

The split by the 200 Al Shabaab agents follows a string of attacks by Al Shabaab in Mogadishu as a new Somali President was elected earlier this month.

Last Thursday Al Shabaab agents strapped with explosives attacked a restaurant in a Mogadishu killing14 people and shelled a residential neighborhood the night before.

On Saturday a member of the new federal parliament Mustafa Haji was gunned down after evening prayers near his home in Mogadishu.

Security analysts say that the recent insecurity in Mogadishu is due serious infiltration by Al Shabaab in Mogadishu even stemming all way to top security and military officials.

GAROWE ONLINE

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