Somali army chief arrives in Kismayo

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KISMAYO – High level delegation led by Somalia’s army chief, Gen. Ahmed Abdullahi Gorod has arrived in the coastal town of Kismayo, amid US soldier was killed and 4 others injured on Friday.

The army chief was welcomed and then escorted to military base in the town, according to military officer, Hussein Mohamed.

Mohamed says Gen. Gorod had held talks with army officials at military base in the town, to encourage Somali military soldiers battling Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.

Somalia’s army chief urged the military forces to get ready for fighting against Al Shabaab.

The group’s fighters carried out gurilla-style stacks and bomb explosions targeting Somali army forces, African Union peacekeepers, along with US especial commandos.

Friday’s ambush and mortar attack killed a US especial commando and injured 4 others in Bar-Sanguni area, some 50km from the coastal town of Kismayo.

The US has confirmed the death of its soldier following an Al Shabaab attack while other injured soldiers were airlifted to hospital in Kenya’s Nairobi capital.

The militant group has, however, vowed to rump up its attacks against Somalia, African Union forces backed US especial forces in south and central Somalia.

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