Al-Shabaab

A Somali military commander has said a senior Al Shabaab leader surrendered to SNA forces in Diinsoor town in Somalia’s southern Bay region.

Col Abdirahman Sheikh Mohamed identified the militant leader as Mohamed Ibrahim Dhubow who has been in Al shabaab ranks before taking his decision to surrender to Somali national army in Diinsoor town.

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Ibrahim Dhubow is being held at Somali Government troops’ base in Dinsor town and is likely to be transferred to National Intelligence and security agency (NISA) prison in Mogadishu for interrogation.

Meanwhile, the general secretary of National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) Omar Faruk Osman survived an attempt on his life in a Mogadishu drive-by-shooting.

According to an eyewitness, unknown gunmen travelling in a minivan blocked Osman’s way and sprayed car with bullets as he entered the main office NUSOJ at Taleh area in Mogadishu.

At least three people – Osman’s bodyguard and two pedestrians were wounded in the attack, witnesses said.