Somalia has vowed to drive al Shabaab militants out of one of the last major tracts of territory in southern Somalia that the group still holds and which it uses to launch attacks.
Confirming the move, Somali prime minister Omar Sharmarke said on Thursday that other African forces were also gearing up to totally mop out the insurgents from their last operation centers and free the country from al Shabaab who have staged many attacks in the economically deteriorating country and continued to issue threats to other countries.
Al Shabaab has been driven out of major towns and coastal strongholds since an African Union peacekeeping force and the Somali national army launched an offensive last year.
Kenya’s military squads have also played a major role in thrashing al Shabaab, killing them in hundreds and destroying many of their hideouts.
Kenya Defence Forces entry into Somalia dates to the capturing of Kismayo when KDF’s Special Forces drove al Shabaab from their biggest operation zone in Kismayo, clearing the way for KDF who have waged war against the terrorists that has so many successes until now.
Omar Sharmarke begged the Kenyan government to reopen Somali money transfer firms that many in Somalia depend on for livelihood but whose licenses were suspended in Nairobi after al Shabaab raided a north Kenyan university this month killing 148 people.
Kenya has also announced a three month timetable to close Dadaab, a camp where some 335,000 Somali refugees are housed.
To keep militants out, Kenya has gone ahead with the building of new observation posts and barriers, often referred to as a ‘wall’ which has been appraised as the best tactic to root out terrorists.
Many of the remittance firms have also been shut down in the United States and other Western nations because of rules aimed at preventing cash reaching al Shabaab.