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Officials of Jubaland State say they have, cleared Kismayu of Mogadishu-backed militia. Source daily nation The army chief confirmed this just days after the military and militia clash left dozens dead. Although Kenya Defence Forces ( KDF) and other Amisom troops fighting Al Shabaab entered Kismayu on October 1, last year, the city remained dangerous. Warlords maintained control of several pockets in the city; militia killed civilians and erected illegal checkpoints. Now, the Jubaland administration says it has fully secured the port city. This follows the routing of two warlords – Barre Aadan Shire (Hiiraale) and Iftiin Xasan (Baasto) – in a three-day gun battle that ended last Sunday. “Kismayu… is free of hostile gunmen and warlords,� General Ismail Sahardid, the army chief, told this reporter on the telephone from Kismayu. “It is absolutely safe for the first time since we arrived here.� Differences However, this development has kicked up a diplomatic storm between Nairobi and Mogadishu, over what to do with the southern border regions. Somalia last weekend called on KDF to vacate Kismayu over claims they were supporting one of the warring parties. KDF who are serving under the Amisom, denied the allegations. This has not stopped agitation by Hiiraale and others. “We will return to Kismayu,� he told radio stations in Mogadishu. “The war is between us and Kenya.� He sensationally talked of “returning the sovereignty� of Somalia. Both Hiiraale and Abbas Ibrahim Gurey, a commander in the Somali National Forces, whose brief arrest by the KDF irked Mogadishu, said they would fight Kenyan forces, with Hiiraale “swearing to God� that his men will defeat Kenya and kill those captured “on the spot�

Officials of Jubaland State say they have,
cleared Kismayu of Mogadishu-backed militia.
The army chief confirmed this just days after the
military and militia clash left dozens dead.
Although Kenya Defence Forces ( KDF) and
other Amisom troops fighting Al Shabaab
entered Kismayu on October 1, last year, the
city remained dangerous.
Warlords maintained control of several pockets
in the city; militia killed civilians and erected
illegal checkpoints.
Now, the Jubaland administration says it has
fully secured the port city. This follows the
routing of two warlords – Barre Aadan Shire
(Hiiraale) and Iftiin Xasan (Baasto) – in a
three-day gun battle that ended last Sunday.
“Kismayu… is free of hostile gunmen and
warlords,� General Ismail Sahardid, the army
chief, told this reporter on the telephone from
Kismayu. “It is absolutely safe for the first
time since we arrived here.�
Differences
However, this development has kicked up a
diplomatic storm between Nairobi and
Mogadishu, over what to do with the southern
border regions.
Somalia last weekend called on KDF to vacate
Kismayu over claims they were supporting one
of the warring parties. KDF who are serving
under the Amisom, denied the allegations.Â
This has not stopped agitation by Hiiraale and
others.
“We will return to Kismayu,� he told radio
stations in Mogadishu. “The war is between
us and Kenya.�
He sensationally talked of “returning the
sovereignty� of Somalia. Both Hiiraale and
Abbas Ibrahim Gurey, a commander in the
Somali National Forces, whose brief arrest by
the KDF irked Mogadishu, said they would fight
Kenyan forces, with Hiiraale “swearing to
God� that his men will defeat Kenya and kill
those captured “on the spot�

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