Al-Shabab is silent about the announcement of the death of one of its founders
Suicide bombings kill local officials in central Somalia
Monday – 8 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1444 AH – 03 October 2022 AD
Photos included by the US State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program of the slain al-Shabab leader
Cairo: Khaled Mahmoud
The extremist “Al-Shabab” movement in Somalia was silent about the authorities there’s announcement that it had killed Abdullah Nader, one of the founders of the movement, in an operation with international partners, in reference to the United States.
It was not immediately clear who the international partners were involved in the operation, knowing that US forces, drones and an African Union peacekeeping mission support the Somali army.
A statement by the Somali Ministry of Information said that Nader was killed in an operation that took place yesterday, noting that he was the movement’s attorney general and was a candidate to replace its ailing leader, Ahmed Al-Derai.
He explained that information provided by the Somali intelligence service led to the killing of Nazir, who was an official in the movement’s advocacy department. He also held several positions, including the head of the Shura and Finance Department, in the town of Harmaka in the Middle Juba region in the south of the country.
The statement confirmed that “the Somali National Forces, in cooperation with friendly forces, carried out a planned military operation, and said that the killing of this extremist member represented a “severe blow to the back against the remnants of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militias who are dying in front of the army, and the popular revolution that erupted from the center and south of the country, aimed at to eradicate the extremists.
After he considered that “his death was a thorn removed from the throat of the Somali nation,” he expressed the gratitude of “the government to the Somali people and international friends whose cooperation contributed to the killing of the leader who was an enemy of the Somali nation.”
In turn, the Somali Defense Minister, Abdul Qadir Nur, considered that the killing of Nazir, who was the former case officer and the official of the fronts and the coordinator of all militia activities now, “is the beginning of revenge for the martyrs who fell victim to terrorist attacks.”
Al Shabaab rebels have killed tens of thousands of people in bombings since 2006 in their fight to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed central government and implement their movement’s strict interpretation of Islamic law.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who was elected by lawmakers last May, has promised to finish off the rebels after three years in which his predecessor, exhausted by political infighting, did not take few measures against al-Shabab.
In addition, a series of explosions in the city of Baldwini, the capital of the central province of Hiran, about 300 kilometers north of the capital, resulted in deaths and injuries among civilians, according to the governor of Hiran Ali Othman.
A security source said that at least 8 people, including government officials, were killed in a suicide car bombing at the entrance to the Lamglay Center, which includes a government complex in the city.
The Turkish Anatolia news agency quoted him as saying that the two explosions killed at least 8 people, including the Minister of Health in Hirshabeli State, Zakaria Hori, and the Deputy Governor of Hiran Province for Financial Affairs, Abu Bakr Madi, in addition to the commander of the Dervish forces in Hirshabeli State, Ahmed Darar.
Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Berri condemned the terrorist attack, and said in a statement distributed by his office that he directed various government institutions to provide immediate assistance to the injured.
He considered that what he described as this cowardly terrorist act, which cannot be tolerated, is evidence of the terrorists’ thirst for unjustly shedding the blood of innocent civilians and discouraging the people’s resolve to stop the popular uprising, and called on the Somali people once again to strengthen operational efforts aimed at eliminating terrorism.
In a statement to its embassy in the capital, Mogadishu, the United States condemned the attacks that targeted government officials working to bring peace to the region and health care workers caring for the wounded, and affirmed its support for the struggle of the Somali people for a peaceful and just future.
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, through its spokesman, Abdelaziz Abu Musab.
In turn, Minister of Internal Security Ahmed Sheikh Ali discussed with US Ambassador Larry Andre, strengthening the capabilities of the national police forces, and supporting efforts to combat and eliminate terrorism.
The official Somali News Agency quoted the mayor of Mogadishu municipality, Youssef Jamali, that the security forces dismantled a terrorist network in the capital, Mogadishu, noting that the weapons used by the movement to threaten citizens and transport vehicles were seized, in addition to the control of 5 rented houses for terrorists.
In addition, opposition leaders in the breakaway region of Somaliland rejected the Senate’s decision to extend the president’s mandate for two years before it expires next month, describing the move as “illegal”.
“The decision embarrassed us, as the democratic electoral system was abandoned yesterday (…) and people’s confidence and desires were suppressed,” Abdul Rahman Muhammad Abdullah, leader of the Wadani party, told reporters in the capital, Hargeisa. and recklessness,” vowing not to accept the extension of his term.
The presidential elections were scheduled to be held in Somaliland on the 13th of next month, a month before the end of Abdi’s term, but the Electoral College postponed them last week, citing technical and financial reasons.
But after the two-year presidential extension was announced on Saturday, it is unclear when the elections will take place, as the proposed extension raises fears of a possible return to violence.
Last month, the region witnessed unrest when police fired on anti-government demonstrators in several towns, killing a number of people and wounding dozens.