Despite the overlying notion that Al Shabaab is experiencing a resurgence, there are reports of serious infighting between their ranks. In recent days, these wrangles have led to the sacking of top commanders from the governing Shura council on the precept of collusion with the Somali government.
Monday, 17th February 2020, and another Al-Shabaab operative has reportedly surrendered to authorities in Hudur town. The terror operative identified as Olad Abdirahman Herow confessed to having been fighting alongside the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab for more than ten years.
Herow also revealed that he was serving Al-Shabaab as a driver for one of the top commanders in the group. It is alleged that this top commander was among the leaders in the Shura council that were suspended due to differences in their handling of attacks. He called on locals to accept him back into the society saying he regrets having worked for the terrorist group.
Herow currently in the hands of the security agencies for further investigation.
This is the latest in a wave of defections that has seen Alshabaab lose tens of members, a trend that is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.