...govt. gives 45-days ultimatum to insurgents
Somalia's government at a security cabinet meeting, yesterday, in Mogadishu, the country's capital, offered an amnesty to al-Shabab fighters.
The announcement came on the heels of a Monday night air strike on the armed group's last stronghold in southern Somalia. The US and Somali authorities have been assessing the impact of the military strike supposed to have mortally wounded or killed the group's leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane.
The US, in 2012, offered a $7 million reward for information leading to his arrest of the
the 37-years old Godane, who was named the terrorists group leader in December 2007.
Security Minister Khalif Ahmed Ereg, who announced the offer, said the fighters are given 45 days to embrace it, while promising a package for their rehabilitation.
The government "will create a better livelihood to build their future for those who meet the deadline,"Ereg said.
Somali forces, backed by African Union troops, last week launched an offensive on al-Shabab's last strongholds in southern Somalia.
Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affliate, is fighting to impose Sharia law on Somalia.