Somali PM hails ongoing war on Al Shabaab
MOGADISHU – Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has hailed the ongoing fighting against the al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab after visiting an army training camp in the capital, Mogadishu.
Mr. Khaire paid a visit to Gordan army training base camp where he held talks with military commanders, discussing on ways to eradicate the remnants of the militant Islamic group of Al Shabaab.
He encouraged the soldiers to continue fighting against Al Shabaab.
Khaire’s visit comes as the country’s army forces retook control of key towns in Lower Shabelle region from Al Shabaab for the last month.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.