Somalia: President promises ‘no mercy’ against Al-Shabaab after latest attack
Somalia’s president promised “no mercy” against militant group Al-Shabaab on Thursday night, following an attack on a military base in the Puntland region that killed at least 38 people.
In his statement, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo declared “We must show no mercy in dealing with Al-Shabaab,” insisting the terrorist group will be punished for the attack that took place earlier on Thursday.
“We promise that Al- Shabaab won’t get away with this,” announced in his statement. “As of now, our troops are in hot pursuit of the enemy, they will pay for today’s attack,” he said.
His words come after an Al-Shabaab assault on a military base in Af Urur, roughly 100km south of the Puntland capital, Bosaso. Most of the people killed in the attack were soldiers but there are reports of civilians – including elder, women and children – as the militant group fought their way to the base.
Thirty-eight people are confirmed dead while Al-Shabaab claims it killed 61 soldiers during the attack. The militant group is known for exaggerating its numbers when claiming responsibility for attacks.
Al-Shabaab shows its force
The attack on Thursday is one of the largest carried out by Al-Shabaab in recent years. The terrorist group has followed the lead of ISIS and other organisations by staging smaller, targeted attacks in public settings, rather than the large-scale operations of its past.
However, Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation and an expert on Somalia, says this attack proves Al-Shabaab is still capable of executing major attacks.
“heir forces retain the capacity to mobilize[sic] forces and stage well-coordinated, targeted attacks,” he told New York Times.
“They have a formidable intelligence network and a sufficient number of followers,” he added.
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