Former Al-Shabaab deputy surrenders before Somali authorities

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 14 (ANI): Former deputy leader and spokesman of Somalia's militant group Al-Shabaab Mukhtar Robow Ali on Sunday surrendered before the Somali authorities. "Co-founder of the Somali terrorist group, turned himself over to authorities in the town of Hudur, 400 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu," CNN quoted minister of internal security for south west state Hassan Hussein Mohamed, as saying. Robow had left the Al-Shabaab after a dispute with its leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed in a US drone attack in 2014. As per reports, Robow had met Somali Defence Minister Abdirashid Abdullahi, before he was flown to Mogadishu, where he is expected to hold a press conference. Recently, a top al-Shabaab leader was killed in air strikes conducted by the United States against the militants near the Banadiir region in southern Somalia. Earlier, United States President Donald Trump in March 2017 had approved expanded military operations against the al-Qaida-linked Al-Shabab, including more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities. Al-Shabaab has been staging several attacks in the country to establish Sharia law in the country. (ANI)