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Somali president calls on Al shabaab to abandon terrorism

By Tajuddin
In Local News
Oct 27th, 2014
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Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

Mogadishu ( DIPLOMAT.SO) – The Somali government has extended to sixty days an ultimatum for al Shabaab militants to lay down their arms and join efforts to return the war-torn country to peace and stability. Speaking at the Defense Ministry in Mogadishu on Monday, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said his government was prolonging the 30-day amnesty offer to the militants which was announced late in September.

According to government officials, many of the insurgents had abandoned their fight but the majority of militants are still part of the insurgency.

Somali National Army

President Mohamud’s offer comes as his government celebrates the latest military successes of the Somali army backed by African Union peacekeepers.

National Army commander, Chief Commander and officials from Amisom Peacekeeping congratulated the army on the progress made following the liberation of key towns in the south and central parts of the country from Shabaab.

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