The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has praised Ethiopian troops for clearing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and opening main supply routes to facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid.
AMISOM Force Commander Tigabu Yilma cited Mahas, Halgan and other areas where the Ethiopia National Defense Forces (ENDF) operated and terrorist groups had been pushed out through intensified joint military operations with Somali security forces.
“Because of your extreme military professionalism and discipline, you achieved success by conducting various joint operations with the Somali National Army and the support of the people of Somalia,” Yilma said in a statement issued in Mogadishu on Sunday.
He saluted the troops for their dedication, sacrifice, professionalism and commitment to duty, noting that they sacrificed a lot to support the core values of AMISOM’s mandate to enforce peace and security.
The allied forces have been opening main supply routes blocked by the insurgents and creating a free and secure environment for the Somali people to thrive.
Aid agencies say the poor state of main supply routes in south-central Somalia had provided conditions for al-Shabab to continue laying ambushes and use explosive devices against AMISOM convoys and Somali national security forces.
Qurat-ul-Ain Sadozai, head of United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Somalia, lauded the AMISOM troops for their hard work in neutralizing and clearing explosive devices planted by terrorists along main supply routes.
Sadozai reiterated UNMAS’ continued support to AMISOM in the training, equipping and mentoring of officers who are involved in clearing IEDs.
AMISOM Sector Four Commander Mohamed Ibrahim Muse said that through the support of Somalis and others partners, the troops under his command had managed to conduct successful operations against insurgent and terrorist elements in the region.
“Our soldiers serve with unwavering dedication despite facing a challenging environment,” he said. “AMISOM troops in Hiiran area have provided a commendable assistance to the mission.” Enditem