107 al-Shabab fighters surrender to Somali government

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Mogadishu (Uttam Hindu News): Somalia’s counterterrorism center said about 107 al-Shabaab fighters surrendered to government forces between July and August. Abdullahi Mohammed Nor, director of the National Center for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, said on Thursday that the militants surrendered in four states: Hirshbele, Galmudug, South-West and Jubaland states.

“Those who surrendered include young children, youth, women and group commanders who have been radicalized and will be offered amnesty and then taken for rehabilitation,” the director told reporters in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. He urged the group’s fighters intending to benefit from the government amnesty to comply with it and said they would welcome separation from the al-Shabaab terrorist group, Xinhua news agency reported.

“There are two reasons for the increase in the number of al-Shabaab members surrendering to the government,” she said. First, it is the pressure of aggressive campaigns going on in the country and second, it is that they are using the President’s offer of amnesty.” The move comes as fighting between the Somali National Army and the group’s fighters has intensified on several fronts, mainly in south-central Somalia.

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