Al-Shabaab commander held in Central Somalia security operation

African Union peacekeepers in Somalia (AMISOM) Djiboutian Sector Commander Col. Osman Doubad (C) walks with the Hiiraan Governor Abdi Farah Laqanyo and AMISOM Chief of Staff General Soubaghle, after successfully capturing the al Shabaab-held Buula Burde, in the Hiraan region of Somalia, in this March 14, 2014 photo provided by the AU/UN Information Support Team. Image by: HANDOUT / Reuters



MOGADISHU, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) — Somalia’s national army backed by the Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces on Wednesday arrested an Al-Shabaab commander in a security operation in Bula-Burte, Hiiraan region of central Somalia.

Abdulasis Durow, District Commissioner of Bula-Burte, said Moalim Hundow, a senior Al-Shabaab commander in the region, was the main target of the security forces.

“We have arrested Hundow, Al-Shabaab commander in the area who has been forcefully collecting levies from herdsmen and farmers. There was no other casualty. We will continue the fight against Al-Shabaab,” Durow told journalists, adding that they will never allow the Al-Shabaab militants to collect unjustified levies on pastoralists.

He said the Somali and AU troops will intensify the war against Al-Shabaab militants to undermine their capacity to launch attacks against civilians in the Horn of Africa state.

Al-Shabaab insurgents lost key towns including Bulo-Burte last year to AMISOM forces.

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