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Muhktar Robow Ali, Once a leader in Al-Shabaab, has surrendered to the government. He fell out with the group a few years ago, and has been fighting with them since. He was held up in the village of Abal with several hundred of his own personal followers. He has now turned himself over to the government and stated that he wishes to assist in fighting his former allies. This is a huge victory, because he and his militia will have knowledge and understanding of the terrorist organization that no one else has had.

 

08/14/2017 Somalia (VoiceofAmerica) – A senior Somali militant who had been on the run for several years has surrendered to the government, intelligence official tells VOA Somali.

Mukhtar Robow Ali, known as “Abu Mansour,” met with government representatives early Sunday morning at his hideout in Abal village in southwest Somalia, and was later taken to the main town of Huddur, a senior regional official told VOA Somali.

Shine Moallim Nurow is the commander of Special Forces in the southwestern regional administration. He led government officials who reached Robow’s base in Abal on Saturday.

He said he met him last night in the battle field in Abal where Robow’s men and al-Shabab have been fighting for the past few days.

“We have been tasked by the central government and the southwestern regional administration to go there, we met him there and then we agreed with him to come together to Huddur,” he said.

“I can confirm to you that he is in Huddur, he is sitting with me now,” he said.

According to a senior intelligence official Robow told government officials that he has defected from al-Shabab and wants to work with the Somali government.

Robow was a spokesman, defense chief and deputy leader of al-Shabab. He was one of the few al-Shabab leaders who were trained in Afghanistan.

Asked about how the government is going to treat Robow, Nurow admitted that he has weight.

 

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