Two al-Shabaab fighters surrender to government in Afmadow

Two al-Shabaab fighters have surrendered to Somali government forces in Afmadow, Intelligence agencies have confirmed on Saturday.

According to Somali National Intelligence Agency (NISA) Abdiasis Mohamed Mohamud alias Idle and Gedi Mohamed Ali surrendered to troops together with their AK47 rifle and rounds of ammunition.

Gedi was a member of the elite armed group unit Gorilla which carried out hit and runs attacks.

Their surrender comes two days after two fighters from the group submitted themselves with their guns to Somali security agencies in Dinsor, southwest state.

Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has renewed government calls for amnesty to members of the armed group al-Shabaab after his re-election.

High-level members of the group have defected and surrendered to the government since then, they include former group deputy leader, Mukhtar Robow Mansour.

Somali government in conjunction with its international partners run rehabilitation centers for defectors from al-Shabaab where they undergo de-radicalization and vocational training learning before they are allowed back into the community.

More than 100 former fighters graduated from a rehabilitation center in Baidoa two weeks ago.