On Monday, the Al Shabab spokesman, Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage, declared that “traditional elders, females, youth and even the children” should support the foreign-led and Al Qaida allied group, by raising resources, including man power, against AMSIOM, the Somali Government and the international community.
AMISOM condemns the militants’ move which not only grossly violates the citizens’ human rights but also the law of armed conflict as well as religious provisions and teachings. The AMISOM further condemns Monday’s suicide bombing in Mogadishu’s Hamar Jabjab district which targeted a police station and killed at least 7 people, including children aged 10 and 11, and injured several others.
“It is clear that the extremists consider the people of Somalia to be nothing more than cannon fodder for their war,” he said. “Their atrocities against the population have already forced 80% of the population to move to government controlled areas to escape their brutality.”
Since April 2010, the extremists have lost much of the ground they once controlled in the capital to TFG and AMISOM troops who now control 60% of Mogadishu. In the last three days, TFG/AMISOM troops have dislodged the extremists from some of their key bases and taken control of a tunnel system they used to harass innocent people.
AMISOM Force Spokesman
Tel: Somalia (+252) 699 758567
Tel: Somalia (+252) 165 800500
Tel: East Africa (+256) 773 285177 or (+256) 752 692070