Djibouti set to deploy extra troops to Somalia

Mareeg.com- Djibouti plans to deploy an additional battalion of troops to Somalia to bolster the existing 1,000-strong force it has in the war-torn country.

According to foreign affairs minister Mohamud Ali Yussuf the soldiers will help consolidate gains made by Djibouti’s armed forces in Somalia’s mainly in central Hiraan region.

“In a few weeks time, we should deploy 450 troops and then another 500 a couple of months later.” He said.

Djibout troops have captured the districts of Buuloburde and large parts of Beledweyne from al-Qaeda linked militant group Al Shabaab since offensive against the group was launched by AMISOM months ago.

Djiboutian forces are part of the 22,000-strong personnel under the command of the African Union that is battling al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.

The boat shaped nation has subsequently boosted security across the its borders after the U.K. government warned last month that al-Shabaab may be planning to carry out further attacks in Djibouti, including Western interests such as the biggest U.S. military base in Africa at Camp Lemonnier.