AMISOM Commander Pays Visit After Alshabab Attack

Mogadishu-AMISOM Force Commander Lt. General Jonathan Rono has visited Kuday Island, liberated by Somali National Army and AMISOM troops in March 2015.
The Island is 120 km south west of Kismayo along the Indian Ocean and was a strategic logistical hub for the Al-Shabaab militants after the fall of Barawe and Kismayo seaports.
Before its liberation, the Al-Shabaab also conducted training for their militia on the island. During his visit there, the Force Commander toured defence positions and interacted with troops.
“Al-Shabaab propaganda will not succeed. Our troops in all the sectors are well placed. Just because they were able to ambush a camp or execute a surprise attack on troops does not mean Al-Shabaab are winning. Al-Shabaab are losing and they have been losing. We will deal them a final blow in the coming few days,” Lt. General Rono told troops in Kuday.
He commended the troops for the commendable job they are doing and dismissed propaganda from the militants, who have used a section of the media to spread false reports that AMISOM troops were leaving strategic positions. Lt. General Rono said the Somali National Army and AMISOM troops remain steadfast and committed to fulfill the task of keeping Somalia safe and secure.
The Force commander highlighted logistical challenges in Kuday and other bases and promised that they will be addressed.
He was accompanied to Kuday Island by AMISOM Force Chief of Staff, Brig Gen CYPRIEN Ndikuriyo, Force HQ Operations Staff Officer, Lt Col Ahmed, Sector Five Operations Officer Col Ndagisimana Diomede and Deputy Chief Military Operation Officer, Lt Col Ezra Kukundakwe as well as the Commanding Officer of Sector Kismayo Lt Col, John Kipya and among others-Source AMISOM

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