The Somali government on Monday announced that a former al-Shabab leader, Ibrahim Aden Ibrahim, had renounced his allegiance to the terror group.
This disclosure was confirmed by Voice of America’s Harun Maruf, while addressing pressmen on Monday.
Somali govt displays Al-Shabab defector Ibrahim Aden Ibrahim who is said to be ex-head of edu in Bay, Bakool regions pic.twitter.com/dPDkafcCkY
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) August 29, 2016
— Somalia Live Update (@HassanIstiila) August 29, 2016
The defector, who was said to be the group’s head of education in Bay, in Somalia’s Bakool regions in the country’s southwest, decided to leave al-Shabab and take advantage of the government’s amnesty offer, Africanews reports.
The group, which is in nexus to Al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks on civilians, government and international security forces deployed to fight them.
They still hold some regions in the country even though their capabilities are thought to be waning.
A report, titled ‘Al-Shabaab as a Transnational Security Treat,’ illustrated on the group’s ferociously dogged capabilities to recruit young people beyond its power base.
The report stated that al-Shabab (real name Harakaat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujaahidiiin) had long been perceived as a Somali-organization even though it represented a threat to the wider East African region.