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Somalia: AMISOM Captures Al-Shabaab Stronghold of Jannale

A joint task force of AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) on Monday liberated the bridge town of Jannale, a stronghold of Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

Jannale, approximately 90km (55 miles) south-west of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital city, has for a long time been the hub for terrorists’ operations and activities.

Speaking after the operations, the Sector I and Uganda Contingent Commander, Brig Richard Otto praised the effort noting that this is a step towards achieving permanent peace in Somalia.

The AMISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Tigabu Yilma Wondimhunegn, described the operation successful as several Al-Shabaab terrorists were killed and scores wounded.

“AMISOM jointly with Somali Security Forces have minimised the threat posed by Al-Shabaab in the larger territory of Somalia hence their fighting capability has been reduced into small scale attacks on isolated targets,” he revealed.

The Deputy Head of Mission for AMISOM, Simon Mulongo, congratulated SNA and AMISOM for liberating approximately 30,000 people that live in Jannale.

“The liberation of Jannale is a major win against terrorism in Somalia. This will destabilise the operations of Al-Shabaab who continue to destroy lives and properties,” said Mulongo.

The capture of Jannale is in line with the revised AMISOM Concept of Operations (CONOPS 2018-2021) and the Somali Transition Plan.

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This seizure follows past successful AMISON-SNA joint operations in the areas of Lower Shabelle, Sabiid-Anoole, Bariire, Awdheegley and Ceel Saliini.

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