MOGADISHU, Somalia – A senior Al Shabaab commander with his bodyguard has surrendered to Somali army forces after successful talks.
Somali regional military welcomed Ibrahim Mohamed Bitow and his bodyguard Aden after laying their arms to army forces in Lower Shabelle region.
The two defected militants armed with AK-47s joined to army forces in the region, after denouncing the al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab, state media reported.
It also says the defection comes after successful talks for the last weeks.
But, Radio Mogadishu has not mentioned when the surrender had taken place.
The al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab, which wants to topple the weak-western backed government of Somalia, was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011.
The group also seized major towns after Somali army forces vacated in protest non payments for four months.
Al Shabaab has been fighting for more than ten years in Somalia.
The militant group carried out similar bomb attacks in Somali capital, Mogadishu for the past week, killing 36 people.
The al Qaeda affiliates vowed to rump up its deadly attacks on African Union troops’ bases, government installations, public gatherings and popular eateries in the war-ravaged nation.