Somalia offers amnesty to militants in Mogadishu

By REUTERS
August 9, 2011 14:03



MOGADISHU - Somalia offered an amnesty to militants still fighting in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, three days after the country's president declared victory over the insurgent al-Shabaab group, which has withdrawn most of its combatants from the city.




It was the first time the interim government, which has struggled to quash a four-year Islamist rebellion, had offered immunity to al-Shabaab fighters.




"The Transitional Federal Government of Somalia has offered a general amnesty to insurgent fighters remaining in Mogadishu who give themselves up and renounce violence," the government said in a statement.




Some experts say al-Shabaab's pull-out merely extends the government's hold on the capital by a few districts, but will do little to bring tangible peace to the rest of the anarchic country and may herald a new wave of al Qaeda-inspired attacks.




The amnesty did not appear to extend to al-Shabaab fighters outside the capital. The al-Qaida-affiliated militants control much of southern Somalia where 2.8 million people face starvation because of drought and conflict.



Related Content

Breaking news
June 19, 2018
White House deputy chief of staff to resign -White House officials

By REUTERS