Somali government forces with the help of local people have completely taken over Adan Yabal District in the Middle Shabelle region after more than 10 years of Al-Shabaab control. Hirshabelle Administration Security Minister Mohamed Abdirahman Kheyre has confirmed that the forces have safely taken over the district, after Al-Shabaab withdrew a few days ago.
Mohamed Abdirahman Kheyre said that the forces are currently conducting general operations in the neighborhoods of Adan-Yabaal district, and the operation against Al-Shabaab will continue.
The reports say that the government forces, who are very alert, have spread themselves in the neighborhoods of Adan Yabal district, while they are also laying mines on the roads and important centers of the district. Aden Yabal was the last district in the Central Sh/ region where Al-Shabaab was after all the other areas were taken out of their hands in the last few weeks.
ATMIS Efforts In The Operations
The African Union ATMIS mission in Somalia has announced that they are part of the operations against the Al Shabaab group in some parts of the country, especially in Hirshabelle administrative areas.
Atmis has a more offensive remit than its predecessor and calls for security to be assumed by Somalia’s army and police force by the end of 2024.
A statement issued by the ATMIS mission said that they are ready to continue the support of the aerial mission to the government and local forces fighting against the Al-Shabaab group. The ATMIS statement said that during the military operations against Al-Shabaab, they are carrying out air strikes to support the government and local forces.
“The ATMIS operation continues to support the air war of the ground forces during the military operations of the government forces and the local people against Al Shabaab,” the ATMIS statement said.
ATMIS security forces in Somalia have been accused of not having anything to do with the ongoing operations in the country to fight Al Shabaab, and the forces are still in their previous positions.