As the Horn of Africa countries struggle with insecurity, security forces within Somalia have killed 20 and apprehended 7 Al Shabaab militants in an operation that saw AMISOM forces save over 20 children kidnapped by the terrorist group. This comes as the country faces a political crisis that could potentially split it.
The operation comes after Al Shabaab militants had attacked an airstrip, injuring at least five people. Reports indicate that the attack destroyed a section of the airstrip. It was not clear whom the militants were targeting but it’s their norm to target innocent civilians across the Horn of Africa.
Further reports stated that al-Shabaab militants were planning a raid on a primary school after their attack on Bulo Burte airstrip in Hiraan region when they were met by the full force of AMISOM. Blast sounds were heard from as far as 3 kilometers away as AMISOM vanquished the extremist militants.
Due to limited opportunity for the country to develop as a result of conflict, more than four out of ten people do not have enough clean water to drink and not enough to eat because of poor rains. Fighting between the jihadist militant group al Shabaab and Somalia’s African Union-backed government, which has witnessed over two decades of conflict and chaos, is the main reason for underdevelopment.
Al Qaeda-allied Al Shabaab, which once ruled much of Somalia, wants to topple Somalia’s west-backed government in Mogadishu and drive out African AMISOM peacekeepers made up of soldiers from Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda, Ethiopia and other African nations.