MOGADISHU— Somali PM has encouraged newly trained soldiers to liberate the areas still under al-Shabaab control while visiting an army camp in Hudur town of Bakol region.
Mr. Hassan Ali Khaire accompanied by country’s defense minister and other regional leaders said the militant Islamic group’s threat to the country could be defeated by Somali armed forces.
He urged the new soldiers to execute their duties and contribute to the ongoing fight against Al Shabaab.
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
However, Somalia is preparing to take over the security responsibility from the African Union force – AMISOM who are expected to leave the country by the end of 2020.