MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia and African Union peacekeeping force agreed to dispatch AMISOM troops into Dhusamareb town in Galmudug region, ahead of upcoming presidential leadership elections.
The move follows after the top commander of African Union forces General Tigabu Yilma from Ethiopia arrives in the town earlier on Friday.
General Tigabu Yilma held talks with Somali government ministers and Galmudug regional official, discussing on security and the upcoming elections.
Somalia’s security minister Mohamed Aboukar says the African Union troops would strengthen the overall security in the town during the regional elections.
Earlier this week, Somalia’s federal government has airlifted weapons and bullet-proof, pickup vehicles and security forces into Dhusamareb after a recent agreement between the central government and Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a.
Ahlu Sunna is a Somalia-based paramilitary group fighting Against Al Shabaab.
Dhusamareb is expected to host a reconciliation conference for large clans in the coming days ahead of presidential election regional leadership.