KISMAYO – Somalia’s Jubaland President Ahmed Mohamed has paid a surprise visit to army camps near Kismayo, a coastal town lies some 500km south of Mogadishu.
Mr. Mohamed in camouflage uniforms vowed his troops backed by Somali army and African Union forces will launch a joint offensive against Al Shabaab.
He says the coalition forces would re-capture all towns held by al Shabaab in Lower and Juba regions in the south of Somalia.
The announcement was made after Jubaland leadership Mohamed visit his forces’ army camps in Sanguni and Bulo gaduud army camps, just outside of Kismayo.
Upon his visit, Mohamed held talks with Jubaland military commanders, discussing final joint military offensive to push Al Shabaab out Juba regions.
He hailed latest efforts by his military forces to thwart several attacks by Al Shabaab.
President Mohamed urged his military forces to prepare final offensive to liberate all towns held by al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
Mohamed’s visit comes days after head of African Union mission in Somalia, Francisco Madeira paid a visit to Kismayo and held talks with Jubaland leadership.
Mohamed and Madeira discussed ways to eradicate Al Shabaab and the support of African Union peacekeeping to Jubaland.
Ever since the rebel group was pushed out of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in 2011 by Somali and AU troops, they have been on the back foot, losing major towns and cities across the Horn of African country.
The group has also lost several senior leaders in recent years in a surge of air strikes carried out by US military in Somalia.
Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for than ten years in Somalia to topple the weak-western backed government-based in Mogadishu.