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Somalia: Al-Shabaab Commander Killed in Lower Shabelle

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.


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