|Mogadishu – June 12th, 2015; The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) would like to confirm that a group of Al Shabaab militants, who attempted to launch an ambush on a convoy of relief supplies in Buur Hakaba region in the late hours of Thursday June 11th 2015, were successfully repelled by AMISOM and Somalia National Army (SNA) troops who were protecting the convoy.
AMISOM Sector Three Commander, Col Yemane Gabremichael says the militants attempted to attack the convoy on the Leego – Buur Hakaba road but were overpowered by AMISOM and Government forces.
“After these enemies of peace have been significantly weakened, it is now increasingly difficult for them to launch surprise ambushes. This time they have suffered defeat as they were unable to take on AMISOM and SNA forces escorting the much needed relief,” said Col Yemane.
“This is yet another futile attempt by Al Shabaab to discredit security gains made by the Federal Government of Somalia and AMISOM, and create fear among citizens. Their time is up, they will not succeed,” he added.
The stretch of road where the incident occurred is located approximately 150 kilometers North West of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
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;
Email: [email protected]