Al Shabaab to use Amisom uniforms as disguise in attacks – intelligence


African Union troops

The African Union force in Somalia has put its troops on high alert after receiving intelligence that Al-Shabaab militants are planning to disguise themselves as AU soldiers and carry out attacks in various parts of Somalia.

AMISOM says it has information that Al-Shabab fighters plan to dress in AMISOM uniforms and carry out attacks in parts controlled by the AU forces and Somalia’s federal government.

The warning, issued through the AU force’s Twitter account, says “AMISOM has information that due to panic Al-Shabaab have plans to masquerade as AMISOM and dress in AMISOM troop’s uniforms.”

AU Forces added: “These uniforms were accessed from AMISOM camps in the past and disguised as such, Al-Shabaab are organising to carry out atrocities.”

The goal, it says, is to turn Somalis against AMISOM, which has protected the government for the past nine years.

Al-Shabaab has launched three major raids on AMISOM bases in Somalia over the past year.

The most recent, in the town of El Adde last month, reportedly killed an unknown number of Kenyan troops.

Kenya is one of five countries with troops in Somalia fighting the terror group, along with Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda.

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