By Our Reporter
The African Union Mission in Somalia has assured the Somalia nationals that it is closely monitoring developments following the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops.
The Amisom force commander Gen Gutti says that Amison is working closely with the Federal Government of Somalia in their efforts to re-establish a security presence in the area.
“We strongly condemn the beheading of the prominent cleric in Hudur by the al Qaeda affiliated al Shabaab terror group and are working with the Somali National Security Forces to ensure that security is restored to the area as soon as possible”Gen Gutti stressed
He added that Amison have in place contingent measures to ensure that areas in Bay and Bakool are co-located with Somali National Security Forces remain stable and secure in the event of further Ethiopian troop withdrawals.
“ We are conducting a review of our troop deployments there and in Hiiran and remain confident that there will be sufficient coverage,” He noted
AMISOM further urged members of any armed opposition groups to lay down their arms and turn themselves over to the Federal Government of Somalia and AMISOM. Those turning themselves in will be treated fairly and in accordance with International conventions.