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Senior al-Shabaab commanders killed by Somali Army, civilian hostages rescued

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Two top commanders of Islamist militants group, Al-Shabaab, have been killed in a gun battle with the Somali military in an operation in the Lower Shabelle region, a government statement said on Sunday.

The Federal police, in a separate report, said in the same operation, scores of civilian hostages taken by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated group were freed.

The Somali Federal Police spokesman, Sadiq Adan Ali Doodishe, said Somalia’s elite military unit had conducted an operation against the Islamist group, killing two senior commanders and wounding 10 others.

Doodishe said the “operation’s aim was to destroy al-Shabab’s main extortion base in the small town of Mubarak, located 95 kilometers southwest of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.”

While addressing a news conference in Mogadishu, Doodishe gave the names of the senior al-Shabab commanders as Carab, a deputy leader of the group, and Aw Maaye, who was in charge al-Shabab’s extortion operations in Mubarak.

He said around 5:00 p.m. local time, the elite unit from the Somali National Army conducted the operation targeting a place the terrorists used to extort money from civilians.

“During the operation, the army killed Carab, the deputy al-Shabab leader in the town of Mubarak, and Aw Maaye, who was the al-Shabab foreman in charge of extortion.

“During the operation, dozens of others were wounded, including the group’s leader in charge of Mubarak.

“At the time of the operation, al-Shabab was holding civilians hostage for extortion but the army freed the hostages. Some of them were hurt during the operation,” Doodishe added.

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Ugandan President Museveni promotes son to full General after threatening to capture Kenya

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President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has promoted his first son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to full General which is the highest rank in the hierarchy of Uganda People’s Defence Forces.

The promotion of Muhoozi, which was announced by the country’s Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs in a statement on Tuesday, also said he has been dropped from his role as Commander of Land Forces, will continue serving as senior presidential advisor for special operations.

General Muhoozi had on Monday, sparked a storm on social media when he tweeted about capturing the Kenyan capital Nairobi, a statement the Ugandan government has since distanced itself from.

In a series of tweets which went viral before he deleted them, Gen Muhoozi who is seen as the heir apparent to the East African country’s Presidency, said he blamed former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for not contesting for a third term in the August 2022 polls, adding that the retired President could have easily won the election.

“My only problem with my beloved big brother is that he didn’t stand for a third term. We would have won easily!” Muhoozi wrote on his Twitter account, (@mkainerugaba.

He then went on to tweet about leading the Ugandan military to capture Kenya and going on a tour of the conquered territory with his wife.

“It wouldn’t take us, my army and me, two weeks to capture Nairobi,” he tweeted.

“After capturing Nairobi, I shall take my wife on a tour of our district,” he wrote.

“I’m happy that members of our district in Kenya, have responded enthusiastically to my tweet. It’s still 2 weeks to Nairobi! After our army captures Nairobi, where should I live? Westlands? Riverside?” He wrote in another tweet.

However, following the backlash he received following the tweets, the 48-year-old Muhoozi took down the tweets and went to write that he was only joking with the earlier tweets.

“I’m glad that I have scared you Kenyans a bit! Two weeks is long. Nairobi in one week for sure! Aided by my brothers from Carnival!”

He then went on to assure Kenyans that he would never wedge a war on the Kenyan army.

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Liberian narcotics officials arrest drug trafficker with cocaine worth $100m

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Operatives of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) and National Security Agency (NSA), have arrested a 31-year-old Guinea-Bissauan drug trafficker, identified as Malam Conte, with cocaine worth $100 million.

The LDEA, in a statement on Monday, said Conte was arrested on October 1, following intelligence reports from the US government which has been on his trial.

“At about 1:00pm Saturday, October 1, the LDEA stormed the SONIT Liberia Inc compound and seized from there a huge quantity of raw Cocaine concealed among frozen goods owned by SONIT Inc, a frozen food company located in Topoe Village along the Japanese Free Way.

“The value of the confiscated drugs is about One Hundred Million United States Dollars (US$100,000,000).

“During a preliminary investigation by the LDEA, the suspect Malam Conte, a national of Guinea-Bissau, said he was asked by his international partners to follow the consignment and ensure it reaches the final destination. However, he did not say as to whether Liberia is the final destination.

“It was also established that suspect Malam arrived in the country with two other accomplices who checked in at the Royal Grand Hotel. The suspects later moved over to the Boulevard Palace Hotel where the LDEA was able to pick up additional information leading towards their syndicate.

“Meanwhile, suspects Gustavo Henrique, a Brazilian and Adulai Djibril, a Portuguese, who both accompanied Malam, were not in their hotel room at the time of our arrival.

“Suspect Malam is currently undergoing a full-scale investigation, while suspects Gustavo Henrique and Adulai Djibril remain at large,” the LDEA statement said.

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