Mogadishu 28th November 201 2– The African Union Mission in Somalia has condemned the assassination of the newly inaugurated leader of Hiiraan regional elders Union, Sheikh Mohamud Sheikh Hussein.
Sheikh Mohamud Sheikh Hussein was shot and killed a day after his inauguration by three men armed with pistols in the regional capital, Beletweyne.
AMISOM Force Commander Lt. General Andrew Gutti sent his condolences to the family and friends of the assassinated leader as well as to the people of Hiiraan. “This was an attack aimed at derailing the efforts of the Somali people to recover from the years of anarchy and to establish legitimate local governance,” he said.
“AMISOM stands ready to assist the Somali Federal Government and Somali Police Force in their efforts to bring the perpetrators of this atrocious act to justice,” he added.
The Force Commander, who on Sunday visited Beletweyne to inspect the newly deployed AMISOM troops, reaffirmed AMISOM’s commitment to helping the Somali National Security Forces build up their capacity to secure the region.“We have recently deployed more Djibouti troops serving under AMISOM to boost security and to help train our Somali counterparts,” he said.
AMISOM has been helping to train the core of a rejuvenated national army and police force for Somalia.