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South West state to provide military support to ex Al-Shabaab leader

Storyline:National News, Security

Southwest state will provide military support to Sheikh Mukhtar Robow aka Abu Mansour who is currently fighting Alshabab fighters in Abal location, Bakool region.

State Minister for Security Hassan Hussein Mohamed who is leading some of the state security top officials reached a nearby location from where the fighters of Sheikh Mukhtar Robow are situated indicating a coalition support to the embattled Sheikh Robow who has been under heavy and constant attack from Alshabab fighters for the last few days.

On the other hand, state Minister Hussein pointed out that Southwest administration is always at standby to provide support Sheikh Robow.

Earlier southwest military personnel left Abal location after under coming heavy attack from Alshabab fighters who were looking for the fugitive Sheikh from their group.

Abu Mansour who had withdrawn from Al-Shabaab in 2013 has been living in his homeland. In mid June, was when United States removed from the Terrorist List on Abu Mansour.

The former Alshabab deputy commander was allegedly demanded by Al-Shabaab to rejoin their group or face their wrath but rejected the ultimatum, according to some reliable sources. His refusal to rejoin Al-Shabaab raised hopes that he may work with the Somali government and reduce Al-Shabaab’s operational capacity in the region.

One of the original founders of Al-Shabaab, Sheikh Mukhtar Robow fell out of favour with the late emir Ahmed Abdi Godane (Mukhtar Abu Zubair) over the use of foreign fighters. The ensuing row split Al-Shabaab into two factions and eventually led to the death of American fighter Omar Hammami and the defection of Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys.

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