Somalia's spy agency kills senior Al-Shabaab terrorist
MOGADISHU, (GO) - The National Intelligence Security Agency [NISA] has announced the death of a senior Al-Shabaab terrorist, in what could be a major gain as the country continues with its offensive against the militants who control huge sections of central and southern parts of the nation.
According to state media, the spy agency downed one Yusuf Mohamed Jingab, who is said to be in charge of radicalization across the country. The chief militant was the head of recruitment and radicalization and had been on the radar for several months according to reports.
Yusuf, reports indicate, was killed in Middle Shabelle during an operation conducted by NISA at Juhay village on December 15. He is the latest senior militant to die in the operation which started in July this year immediately after Hassan Sheikh Mohamud took over from Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.
"The National Intelligence and Security Agency has confirmed the death of Yusuf Mohamed Jingab, a senior leader of Al-Shabab terrorists, who was the head of radicalising office. He was killed in an operation near Juhay village, in Middle Shabelle region, on 15, December," state media announced.
His death also comes as President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced that in the coming two weeks, the government troops would have completely taken over in Galmadug and HirShabelle states where the Al-Shabaab militants have considerably lost territories.
On Saturday, the government troops with assistance from the US Africa Command, the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia [ATMIS], and the local militia, managed to kill 40 militants in Darunaim village within Middle Shabelle to further neutralize the militants who have caused havoc in the country.
"40 Al-Shabaab terrorists were killed in a planned operation conducted by Somali National Army near Darunaim village in MiddleS Shabelle region where remnants of terrorists were gathering, on Saturday, " the state media further confirmed without giving many details on the operation.
The government of Somalia is optimistic that in the coming weeks, the militants would have surrendered to the Somali National Army which has now liberated over 70 percent of the country by land mass. The government is also preaching against radicalization as part of its ideological strategy.