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Since finishing the training, the soldiers were held in the camps against their will as Eritrea’s dictator Isaias Afwerki reportedly demanded $50M from the Somali government.
Xasan Sheekh ayaa ka sheegay madasha su’aallo waydiinta ah in Afwerki sababta uu u haysto Ciidanka Soomaalida ay tahay inuu la sugayo inta dalka uu ka xasilayo, islamarkaana laga gudbayo kala-guurka.
The Somali troops estimated 5,000 have been sent to Asmara by Fahad Yasin, the former controversial Intelligence chief during Farmajo's regime.
During the height of political tensions around Somali elections, the region grew increasingly concerned at the prospect of troops returning from Eritrea used to forcibly bolster the former President’s bid for re-election.
Kenya contributes nearly 4,000 soldiers to the African Union mission Somalia and its KDF forces are operating in the Jubaland state under Ahmed Madobe, a key ally of Nairobi.
Mohamud visited the soldiers at their training camps this week, becoming the first time the missing recruits were seen in public since 2019.
The protest came a day after the Somali president visited military recruits trained in Eritrea for three years, who still never come back home.
Earlier reports put the number at close to 7,000, with the UN saying last year that Somali troops were spotted in Axum, fighting along with Ethiopian and Eritrean forces during the war against TPLF.
The military recruits were sent to Asmara following a tripartite security cooperation deal between Farmajo, Afwerk and Abiy Ahmed in late 2018.
Madaxweynaha Soomaaliya ayaa safarkiisa seddexaad maanta ku aadday dalka Eritrea, oo mudo labo sano ah lagu tababaray Ciidamo Fahad Yaasiin si qarsoodi ah ugu diray.
Keydmedia Online has learned that President Hassan Sheikh has postponed his visit to Kenya as the country is in an electioneering period with Uhuru Kenyatta leaving the office after serving two terms.
Markii uu xilka wareejinayay Farmaajo wuxuu khudbadiisa ku sheegay in 5,000 oo askari oo dhameystay tababar ay diyaar ku yihiin Eritrea, oo dowladda cusub laga doonayo inay soo qaado.