Speaking to a Pro-Alshabab radio in Mogadishu, Ali Dhere confirmed that Alshabab has completely retreated from their bases in the capital for the purpose of military tactics and sparing the lives of innocent Somalis.
“In the next few hours, you will see a different approach that the Mujahidiin [Alshabab] will use to curtail the advances of the enemy. We retreated from Mogadishu to spare the lives of fellow Muslims from the excessive force used by the enemy of Allah,” said Ali Dhere.
It’s not clear what made the strongest rebel group in the country to take such a measure.
Some reports say that Alshabab leaders were in the past days having a consultation meeting in Bal’ad town.
Residents reported Alshabab militia leaving their positions overnight. The militia has never abandoned the city entirely.
Government spokesman Abdirahman Omar Osman also confirmed that Alshabab retreated from the city. He called it a “golden victory for the Somali people.”
More updates to follow