Senior Al-Shabaab commander surrenders to Somali gov’t

MOGADISHU (KON) - A senior Al-Shabaab militant commander, Sheik Mohamed Said Atom, on Saturday gave himself up to Somali government authorities after he announced his renouncing of violence in Somalia.
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Senior Al-Shabaab commander surrenders to Somali gov’t

The militant commander has been active in the northeastern state of Puntland where his militias operated in the mountain region of Galgala for the past several years.

In a statement the defecting Islamist commander says that he left the group because he could not "tolerate the misleading of Al- Shabaab and its leader."

"I have been tolerating the misleading of Ahmed Abdi Godane (Al- Shabaab Emir) and his group towards the Sharia (Islamic law) and Muslims. I have today decided to leave Al-Shabaab," Sheik Atom said.

Somali government welcomed the extremist commander

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