AMISOM Urges Calm in Kismayo, Calls on Fighter to Lay Down Arms
(Sh.M.Network)--The African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Mission in Somalia has called for calm among residents of the southern port city of Kismayo following reports of Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
Islamic fascisti fleeing the town.
"AMISOM is concerned about reports that civilians are being attacked by hard boyz in their homes and being forced to flee the town," said AMISOM Deputy Force Commander Maj. Gen. Simon Karanja.
"We appeal for all to remain calm. AMISOM's intent remains to liberate the people of Kismayo to enable them to lead their lives in peace, stability and security," he added.
Troops from AMISOM's Kenyan contingent have captured a string of towns on the road from Afmadow to Kismayo, most recently the strategic town of Bibi.
"We urge all the fighters remaining in Kismayo to lay down their arms. Already a number of them have contacted us indicating their wish to cease fighting and we have assured them of their safety if they give themselves up to our forces," Gen. Karanja said.
Gen. Karanja also appealed to humanitarian agencies to come to the aid of the people fleeing to areas liberated by AMISOM and Somali security forces. "We stand ready to facilitate any efforts to ease the suffering of the population," he said.
Posted by: Fred