Horn Dispatch Weekly Security Brief 5.28.24

The United Nations Security Council.(Photo: Courtesy)

UN Sanction More Al-Shabab Members

The United Nations Security Council has sanctioned three more Somali militant group al-Shabab leaders on its global list. 

The three are Mohamed Mohamud Mire, who is in charge of the al-Shabab alms unit; Abdukadir Mohamed, also known as Ikirima, is a senior al-Shabab leader; and Mohamed Omar Mohamed is the group’s administrator in Dinsoor in the Bay region.

The three sanctioned terror group members are accused of the deaths of civilians, government workers, and African Union forces, planning, and financing al-Shabab terror activities. They are also accused of recruiting for al-Shabab to bolster their ranks.    

Al-Shabab Fighters Killed in Marka Southern Somalia 

At least three al-Shabab fighters were killed in a gunfight in the port town of Marka, Lower Shabelle region.

According to the government forces, the militants were killed after they tried to attack a military base outside of the town on Sunday night. Several Somali soldiers were injured in the fighting. 

On Monday, pro-jihadist news website Calamada al-Shabab fighters attacked the government military base in Marka town.

Al-Shabab Torch Expired Goods in Central Somalia 

Somali militant group al-Shabab has set fire to expired food items and medicines in the town of El-Bur in the Galgaduud region.

The group’s fighters raided the market suspected of selling expired foodstuff and medicines before setting them on fire in an open market in the town.

The group- mouthpiece, Radio Andalus, said the residents, including the elders, welcomed the burning of the expired foods, saying it was dangerous for people’s health, and warned shop owners of selling expired items to the people.

Al-Shabab local administration carries out these activities in areas under its control in accordance with Islamic law. 

Somali Police Train on Crime Investigation 

Somali Police Force (SPF) detectives in Hirshabelle State have completed a five-day intensive training on fingerprint investigation and evidence gathering.

Organised by the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) Police component, the training held at the Jowhar Airfield base aimed to equip the officers with skills and knowledge to investigate and handle complex criminal cases.

The team of detectives were taken through a range of topics including forensic collection of fingerprints at crime scenes, analysing and matching the fingerprints with the database which is critical in identifying and arresting criminal suspects.

“This training is important for our officers because it will help them to easily investigate crimes committed or in the process of being committed and arrest the suspects. I therefore urge the participants to be more attentive, focused and eventually apply the skills acquired in discharging their duties,” said Lt. Ahmed Abdulle Madoobe, deputy commander of Jowhar airfield police station.

Lt. Madoobe appreciated ATMIS for organizing the training, noting that it “will enable the Somali Police Force to investigate crimes thoroughly and professionally.”

The ATMIS Police lead trainer in Jowhar, ASP Earnest Agbo, underscored the training’s role in enhancing the investigative skills of the officers to handle complex criminal cases using modern scientific methods.

“The specialized knowledge acquired will go a long way in helping the police to identify suspects and solve complex crimes, effectively supporting Somalia’s quest for peace and stability. We are very happy to have imparted our Somali counterparts with the relevant skills that are vital in their investigations and law enforcement responsibilities,” said ASP Agbo at the closing ceremony of the training.

Abdullahi Mohamed Osman, a participant in the training, thanked ATMIS for organising the training and called for more capacity building initiatives to help Somalia’s Police force conduct professional investigations.

“I am happy to have attended this training on fingerprint investigation, I have acquired valuable skills from the course. I would like to thank ATMIS in collaboration with the Hirshabelle State Police for coming up with this valuable initiative,” said Abdullahi.

ATMIS has conducted similar capacity building training for the Somali Police Force in other Federal Member States, including Baidoa (South West State), Kismayo (Jubaland State) and the capital, Mogadishu to improve policing standards in Somalia.

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