African Union Mission for Somalia
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African Union Troops recover stolen relief food from Al‐Shabaab Camp.
Mogadishu‐July 12th, 2012: Over 500 sacks of stolen relief food were among items recovered
from a terrorist training camp captured by Somali government forces supported by African
The food, which was meant for humanitarian relief to the Somali people, had been confiscated
by the Al Qaeda‐affiliated terror group, Al‐Shabaab, who used it instead to feed militants at the
camp in Lanta‐Buro, 40kms west of Mogadishu.
The food has been returned to the local people.
Also recovered was a cache of weapons, which included machine guns and bomb making
equipment. 11 militants were killed and four others captured.
The capture of Lanta‐Buro is the latest in a string of AMISOM successes that have pushed the
extremists out of much of central and south Somalia. AMISOM Force Commander, Lieutenant
General Andrew Gutti, said that the continuing operations would enable aid agencies to access
areas where they had been previously barred by the extremists.
“We are fulfilling our mandate to support the Somali peace process and create a conducive
environment for the safe delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid,” he said.
Somalia will require increased assistance after aid agencies warned that the country faces
another food crisis following poor rains between March and May.
For more information, please Contact;
Eloi Yao and Colonel Ali Houmed, Spokespersons,