AMISOM announces new offensive against Al Shabaab

African Union peacekeeping troops in Somalia has announced new offensive against armed group Al Shabaab.

The new move comes days after wide media reports of AMISOM vacating several bases after Al Shabaab attack on one of its base outside Mogadishu.

AMISOM force Commander General Jonathan Rono confirmed the operation while speaking to contingents from Burundi in Jereredo army base.

General Rono outlined the fight against Al Shabaab and plans to recapture strategic areas from the armed group.

“In coming days Somali National Army together with AMISOM will conduct operations to capture remaining 20 percent from Al Shabaab,” he said.

General Rono consoled Burundians for the loss of soldiers after Al Shabaab attack on their base last week.

AMISOM commander comments echoes Somali National Army and AMISOM withdrawal from several bases around the capital Mogadishu and lower Shabelle region earlier this month.

Al Shabaab has intensified attacks against government and AMISOM troops since the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.