Al Shabaab planning to commit atrocities and blame it on AMISOM, warns AU Special Representative to Somalia
AMISOM daily media monitoring, 10 Feb 2016
Mogadishu, 10 February, 2016 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira has warned of a sinister plot by Al-Shabaab terrorists aimed at discrediting AMISOM and turning the public against its forces serving in Somalia.
Addressing a press conference today, Ambassador Francisco Madeira who is also the head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), said the plan involves Al-Shabaab terrorists committing atrocities, disguised in uniforms stolen from AMISOM troops.
Al-Shabaab, he said, plot to strike in communities in the liberated areas that are currently enjoying peace, thereby tarnishing the image of the Mission.
“Al-Shabaab is now trying to utilize uniforms and other things they have stolen from AMISOM troops to disguise themselves as AMISOM troops and commit atrocities against the population then blame it on AMISOM,” Ambassador Francisco Madeira noted.
He however appealed to the public to be on the lookout and guard against such manipulations.
“If you see any suspicious behavior by anybody in AMISOM uniform, report it immediately to your immediate authorities so that we can all be able to defeat this heinous enemy who does not respect life, who does not want the development of the people of Somalia,” Ambassador Francisco Madeira warned.