Somalia:AMISOM and Somali National Army launch military offensive against Al Shabaab in Bay and Gedo regions
19th July 2015- A military offensive against Al Shabaab in the Bay and Gedo regions of Somalia, codenamed ‘Operation Jubba Corridor’ is underway with the aim of flushing out the terrorist group from the rural areas.
The operation being undertaken by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali National Army (SNA) troops follows recent successful operations that have seen the militants pushed out of most regions of the country.
AMISOM and SNA troops started the operation in Qansax Dheere and Fafadun on Friday. The operation will ensure that all the remaining areas in Somalia will be liberated and peace restored.
AMISOM Deputy Force Commander Operations and Plans Major General Mohammedesha Zeyinu says the aim of the operation is to eliminate Al Shabaab in the few rural areas it still occupies.
“This operation seeks to clear Main Supply Routes to facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid to the population and flash Al Shabaab from all the said areas, ensuring full control by the Federal Government of Somalia,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Mohammedesha emphasized AMISOM’s commitment in offering support to the Somali National Army and ensuring peace is fully restored in Somalia.
For more information, please contact; Eloi Yao and Lt Col Paul Njuguna, AMISOM Spokespersons,
Cell phone: (Somalia) +252 618 508 181 / +252 699 563 476 / +252 617 682 175;
(Nairobi) +254 702 155 126 / +254 728 701 222;