ATMIS and Somali Security Forces Enhance Joint Patrols to Counter Al-Shabaab Threat in Barawe
The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and the Somali Security Forces (SSF) have amplified their joint patrol activities in the Barawe district in the South West State of Somalia. This boost in security measures is a calculated response to preempt potential attacks from the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. ATMIS, under the leadership of Battle Group 38 of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), is stationed in Barawe with the express mission of ensuring peace and security in the Lower Shabelle region.
Colonel Christopher Berochan, the Commander for the Battle Group, reassured the community of their continued protection, emphasizing that ATMIS and the SSF are working together ceaselessly to maintain peace and security in the district. Berochan expressed his belief that teamwork is essential in keeping the Barawe district safe and allowing residents to continue with their normal lives.
Barawe, a crucial port of the South West State, is located 210 km southwest of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. It falls within ATMIS’ Area of Responsibility. The district has been peaceful since its liberation from Al-Shabaab in 2014. The coastal town was previously used by the terrorist group as a base for launching attacks in Mogadishu and other major towns.
Increased Patrols to Disrupt Al-Shabaab Activities
Omar Sheikh Abdi Shafana, the Barawe District Commissioner who also participated in the joint patrols, echoed Berochan’s sentiments. He insisted that the AU troops and SSF should remain vigilant to prevent any planned attacks by Al-Shabaab. Shafana stated that the purpose of the increased patrols is to disrupt the terrorist group’s planned attacks. He expressed determination to maintain the patrol tempo to ensure the safety of Barawe.
The increase in patrols by ATMIS and SSF follows recent intelligence reports indicating a spike in Al-Shabaab activities in the Lower Shabelle region. The joint forces aim to prevent any potential threats and maintain the peace that has been upheld in the district since 2014. These intensified security measures signal a robust response to the escalating threat posed by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group.
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