Top Al-Shabaab Commander Killed in UPDF Offensive Top story

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AMISOMs Sector One Commander Brigadier General Sam Okiding confirmed that notorious Al-Shabaab commander for Janaale Abdirashir Buqdube together with 22 other terrorists were killed following airstrikes and ground operations against the insurgents hideout along the Buufow road in Janale.

A top commander of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group has been killed in a joint operation by the African Union forces - AMISOM and the Somali National Army in Janaale, south of the capital Mogadishu.

AMISOM's Sector One Commander Brigadier Sam Okiding confirmed that notorious Al-Shabaab commander for Janaale Abdirashir Buqdube together with 22 other terrorists were killed following airstrikes and ground operations against the insurgents' hideout along the Buufow road in Janaale.

Sector one covers the capital Mogadishu and is under the command of Uganda and Burundi troops.

Brigadier Okiding adds that a dozen other militants had been killed over the last two days as they attempted to ambush and disrupt AMISOM and SNA development activities in the area. The troops were undertaking borehole repairs and clearing up of roads for free movement around the area.

Brig General Okiding added that the allied forces of AMISOM and SNA will continue to clean up Al-Shabaab held areas in Janaale to liberate residents of Al-Shabaab tyranny.

"Al-Shabaab cannot hide and we shall continue to work hard to deny them safe haven until the people have been liberated from Al-Shabaab terror," he said.

The developement comes barely two days after the US Pentagon and Somali Government said they had killed the head of Al-Shabaab intelligence Hassan Ali Dhoore in lower Shabelle.

On top of being part of al-Qaeda, Hassan Ali Dhoore was a member of al-Shabaab's Amniyat (security and intelligence) wing and was heavily involved in high profile attack planning in Mogadishu."

He was allegedly involved in the attack on Mogadishu's airport that resulted in the death of several African Union soldiers in December 2014. Dhoore was also directly responsible for the March 27, 2015 attack on the Maka al-Mukarram Hotel in Mogadishu, resulting in the deaths of 15 people, a statement by the Pentagon signed by press secretary Peter Cook said.

 

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Sylvia Nankya
Sylvia is an Editor and Media Trainer with Uganda Radio Network. She has been a URN staff member since 2013. Sylvia has previously worked as a reporter and news anchor with Radio One (2001-2009) and with Vision Group (2009-2011). Six of her active years in Journalism were spent covering the Parliament of Uganda.

Over the past few years, Sylvia has worked to promote the positive development of societies recovering from conflict through training journalists on choices of stories, how they report issues and use of appropriate language in covering conflict and post-conflict situations.

She is an Alumni of RNTC- Holland, Les Aspin Centre for Government at Marquette University-WI, USA and a Community Solutions Fellow.