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Several killed in Kismayo, as security forces hunt down suspected Al Shabab militants

Hiiraan Online
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

At least seven people have been killed in the southern port city of Kismayo over the past 24 hours after security forces carried out a series of raids to hunt down suspected Al Shabab militants in the city.

The operations came after the Head of Security for the Jubba interim Administration, Isse Kamboni, was gunned down by one of his body guards on Monday night. It was later revealed that the perpetrator, a close relative to Isse and a former al-Shabab member who defected from the group, reunited with Al Shabab after carrying out the assassination.

Reports say that scores of people have been detained during the raids in the city on Tuesday. According to eye witnesses, the security operations have affected the city’s businesses, as hundreds of security forces have been stationed across the city.

In 2008-2009, Isse Kamboni served as militia leader for the Ras Kamboni Brigades, a former Islamist insurgent group which took part in the insurgency against the new Transitional Federal Government of Sheikh Sharif Ahmed.

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