KISMAYO — An Al Shabaab commander has surrendered to Somali government and African Union forces.
Abdikarim Sheikh Hassan was an Al Shabaab operative in the Gedo region where Somalia borders Kenya and Ethiopia, Jubaland authorities said.
The security minister of Jubaland State, Abdirashid Hassan Abdinur confirmed that Hassan made contact with government officials in order to hand himself in.
“He was in charge of the health department for the militants’ group of Al Shabaab. Indeed, he is among at least 11 commanders, who surrendered to Jubaland State since 20 April,” he said.
Abdinur added that Hassan and 11 other commanders had surrendered days after Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo offered an amnesty to al-Shabab members.
There was no immediate response from Al Shabaab over the defection allegedly made by one of its commanders in the group.
By Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare