Sunday , 25 October 2020

71 Killed as al-Shabaab Factions Battle Over Key Somali Port

The first indications of a internal faction battle in al-Shabaab emerged in the middle of June, with fighting in the coastal town of Barawa. The fighting quickly gave way to a broader battle between several factions over control of the key southern port of Kismayo.

Kismayo is an economic and strategic lynchpin to all of southern Somalia, and the fighting includes not only factions hoping to use it to fuel insurgency, but at least one secessionist faction that hopes to establish an independent state-let in the region. 71 people have been killed and over 300 wounded.

No matter who wins, it seems certain they’re going to be an opponent to the self-proclaimed government in Mogadishu, which after years of trying to solidify its power still has little to no direct influence outside of the capital city.

There’s a growing sense of Kenya’s involvement in this as well, with the nation’s troops seen as backing one of the secessionist factions in hopes of creating a state along their northern border that will be easier to control.

Check Also

The Gambia ‘missing millions’ after Jammeh flies into exile

More than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from The Gambia’s state coffers following the departure of …

Ex-President Yahya Jammeh leaves The Gambia after losing election

Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh has left the country in the wake of elections that …

Yahya Jammeh says he will step down in The Gambia

The Gambia’s long-term leader Yahya Jammeh says he will step down, after refusing to accept …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *