Somalia’s spy chief Mahad Salad and his Kenyan counterpart Philip Wachira Kameru met to discuss fight against al-Shabaab

    Somalia’s spy chief Mahad Salad and his Kenyan counterpart Philip Wachira Kameru discussed efforts to step up fight against Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab.

    This comes as a new effort between the two nation-states to reset their diplomatic relations and improve their coordinated counter-terrorism (CT) responses. As per media report, “among the issues raised during the meeting were indiscriminate Kenyan air strikes that have killed many Somalis and their livestock herds in Gedo region over the past years."

    Salad urged Kenyan security officials not to carry out strikes without coordination with the Somali federal government in order to minimize civilian casualties, but it has not yet been clear if Kenya will cease its deadly air raids on Somali civilians in the region.

    Kenyan warplanes are acccused to have destroyed telecommunication masts belonging to Hormuud and Somtel Telecom giants, “massacred” civilians and killed hundreds of livestock in strikes conducted over the past years. Agreements reached in the past failed to limit casualties inflicted by the air raids on civilians.

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    Evarist Chahali

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