Wednesday, April 03, 2013
High-ranking al-Shabaab commander Mohammed
Abdu Saidi was killed last week in an ambush by Ugandan troops serving
under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in the Lower
Shabelle region, Uganda's Daily Monitor reported Sunday (March 31st).
"He fell as his group lost out to us in a battle at Salini, some 70
kilometres southwest of Mogadishu, where the al-Qaeda-linked group also
lost to us [a] military long-range communication gadget and [an]
assortment of weaponry and uniforms," said Uganda contingent Public
Information Officer Henry Obbo.
Saidi commanded about 30 to 50 fighters in the Bay region, Obbo said.
His group had been isolated from other militants in the north after
AMISOM liberated Jannale, Awdhigle and Barire.
The "continuous elimination" of militant leaders will "further weaken
the already disoriented group," said Uganda contingent Commander
Brigadier Michael Ondoga.