AU peacekeepers hand back key bases to Somalia’s army ahead of troop drawdown


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – African Union peacekeepers on Tuesday handed over several key military bases in the Middle Shabelle region to Somalia’s army ahead of a scheduled pullout of 2,000 soldiers from the war-torn Horn of Africa nation.

In a ceremony, the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) handed over military camps in Mirtaqwo, Haji Ali and Adale towns in the Middle Shabelle region. The commander of the Somali army’s 27th division Saney Abdulle and AU military officials were present at the event.

It comes months before the scheduled withdrawal of the African Union peacekeepers in Somalia, who have been fighting Al-Shabaab insurgents for the last 15 years.

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