Somalia: 5 Government soldiers defect to Islamic Fighters

MOGADISHU, Junary 12, 2019 (Hornnews24) – 5 government soldiers have surrendered on Saturday to Alshabaab fighters in Somalia’s Galgadud central province.

The Alqaida-linked Alshabaab has paraded in Elbur town five young men of Somali government soldiers who defected to the group earlier today.  Alshabaab has likewise in the past shown publicly defectors from the Somali National Army and its affiliate states.

Speaking to journalists shortly after surrendering to Alshabaab, the defectors have said that they deserted government troops in Mahas town of Hiran province and decided to join the Islamic fighters.

The defectors have also denounced what they called the brutality, atrocities, barbarism and human rights violations committed by the Somali soldiers together with the foreign Ethiopian troops.

They said that the government soldiers had routinely raped women, looted properties and killed scores of innocent civilians. The soldiers further divulged that they had been denied praying at the five obligatory prayer times. Somali government has not so far commented on the defection of its soldiers.


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