NewsAfricaA senior member of Somalia's intelligence services dies in an Al Shabaab attack

A senior member of Somalia’s intelligence services dies in an Al Shabaab attack

File – Ugandan and Somali soldiers in an operation against Al Shabaab forces (file image) – STUART PRICE / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACT PHOTO

A high official of the Somali intelligence services was killed on Thursday in an attack carried out by the terrorist group Al Shabaab in the Gedo region, amid the reinforcement of security operations to end the formation, linked to Al Qaeda.

Official sources quoted by the Somali news portal Garowe Online have indicated that Abdulahi Bakal Kuke, head of the regional intelligence services, died from the explosion of a bomb in his vehicle when he was driving between the cities of Luuq and Dolou.

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The event also left five people injured and took place after Kuke played an important role in the fight against Al Shabaab in Gedo. The terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, without giving further details about it.

The head of the Somali intelligence services, Mahad Salad, has expressed his condolences to the family of Kuke, whom he has described as “a martyr”, while ordering “a serious investigation” into the attack, as highlighted. the agency through its account on the social network Twitter.

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The president of Somalia, Hasan Sheikh Mohamud, assured on Tuesday that Al Shabaab “is history” and asked the population to “support the liberation operations” of the security forces. Likewise, he called for “preparing for a Somalia after Al Shabaab” and for “the reconstruction of the country.”

Sheikh Mohamud vowed in mid-November to continue the “total war” against the group, stressing that “going back and defeat are not an option.” Somalia has increased offensives against Al Shabaab in recent months with the support of clans and local militias as part of a series of decisions taken by the president, who promised upon taking office to put the fight against terrorism at the center of his efforts to stabilize the country. african country.

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