5 al-Shabaab fighters defect in Baidoa

December 27, 2012

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Five al-Shabaab fighters have defected to Somali government forces in Baidoa, Somalia's Radio Daljir reported Tuesday (December 25th).

Bay Police Commander Mahad Abdirahman said the former al-Shabaab members would be rehabilitated, adding that the administration expects more militants to defect and join government forces.

The defections came after the Somali National Army intensified its operations against al-Shabaab in the Bay region, according to regional commander Colonel Mahad Abdirahman.

Minister of Interior and National Security Abdikarim Hussein Guled on Tuesday gave an ultimatum of 100 days for al-Shabaab fighters to surrender and join and the peace process.

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