The Ethiopian contingent of AMISOM is effectively carrying out its mission in Somalia, sources from Ethiopian sector command said. Brigadier General Asefa Chekol, Commander in Chief of Sector 3 of AMISOM said Ethiopian troops are effectively supporting the people and government of Somalia in ascertaining peace in the country.
He added they are training Somali police forces, militia and regular army deployed in the sector as part of a capacity building program and has also conducted a number of operations to annihilate units of Al-Shabaab terrorists operating in the country. He noted that Ethiopian troops have so far sustained no casualties in their operation along with Somali forces and are fulfilling their mission in the most effective manner.
The Ethiopian forces are well aware of the tactics employed by Al-Shabaab in inflicting loss of lives and properties in Somalia and have managed to curb their terrorist activities. In the just concluded fiscal year, Ethiopian troops have detonated 56 bombs and booby traps planted by the terrorist forces along with its development programs including provision of potable water and relief food support from their ration in support of communities and IDPs in its operation areas, he stated.
“Now Baidoa has become a peaceful town frequented by ambassadors from various countries and we are working with representatives of various communities, clan leaders, youth and women’s groups and local administrative bodies as well as local security forces to ensure peace and tranquility in our operation area,” the Commander in Chief said.
Over the last fiscal year, the Ethiopian peacekeeping forces have either killed, put out of action 350 Al-Shabaab terrorists. AMISOM is operating in 6 sectors of Somalia while Sector 3 is under the command of the Ethiopian peacekeeping forces. AMISOM covers 74% of the land territory of Somalia and 4,000 strong Ethiopian armed forces are second to Uganda in the number of AMISOM troops deployed in the country.
Source: Fana Broadcasting Corporation