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Somali President Farmaajo declares 'war' on terror groups

Somali President Farmaajo declares 'war' on terror groups

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<h3>Newly elected Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo has declared a state of war against terror groups in the country stricken by al Shabaab Islamist attacks.</h3> <p>Farmaajo, who was wearing a military uniform, made the call on Thursday after a meeting with top security officials where he offered amnesty to those who will renounce violence.</p> <p>“The President offers amnesty to the brainwashed youth and pledges education and job opportunities for them if they renounce violence,” a statement from the presidency said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">President <a href="https://twitter.com/M_Farmaajo"><code>M_Farmaajo</a> offers amnesty to the brainwashed youth and pledges education & job oportunities for them if they renounce violence.</p>&mdash; Villa Somalia (</code>TheVillaSomalia) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheVillaSomalia/status/849943169437454337">April 6, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The president called on Somalis to stand with the armed forces as they fight the terror groups. </p> <p>Heads of intelligence agency, military, police and Mayor of the capital Mogadishu were approved by the Council of Ministers on Thursday.</p> <p>Farmaajo promised at his inauguration in February that he will provide support for al Shabaab fighters who surrender to integrate within the community.</p> <p>Al Shabaab has been fighting government and African Union peacekeepers for years to impose its harsh interpretation of Sharia law in the country.</p>

The President offers amnesty to the brainwashed youth and pledges education and job opportunities for them if they renounce violence.

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