African Union force denies it was involved in ex-al Shabaab leader's arrest
SEE ALSO :JKUAT don honoured by African Union“AMISOM had no part in the arrest of Mr. Robow and his subsequent transfer to Mogadishu,” it said, adding that the peacekeeping force will continue to respect the sovereignty of the people and the government of Somalia. Robow, a former prominent al Shabaab insurgent and group spokesman, publicly renounced violence and recognized federal authority in August 2017. His arrest triggered clashes between security forces and his supporters on Thursday and Friday that killed 11 people, including a regional government lawmaker.
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2The regional elections are a critical point in a growing power struggle between the U.S.-backed central government and regions where al Shabaab militants retain a presence following a long civil war. “The South West election committee should postpone the election until there is a calm situation, free and fair, conducive for the election to take place,” Abdirahman said in a statement. “The arrested candidate should quickly be released and allowed to return peacefully to his area.”
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