Monday, 16 October 2017

Repentant al-Shabab leader spotted donating blood to help victims of Mogadishu blast | Photo

Mukhtar Roobow, a repentant commander in Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabaab was spotted donating blood to survivors of the truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu.

Robow defected to the government side over the weekend. He was one of the founders of al-Shabab, including other radical leaders after the defeat of the Islamic Courts Union in late 2006.

Robow quickly rose in the group's ranks to become its official spokesman and a deputy leader. However, he reportedly fell out with the al-Qaeda-linked group’s leadership in 2013, and remained a fugitive in the remote areas of south-western Somalia leading to his surrender.

In June, the US State Department excluded Robow from its terror list and lifted the $5m (£3.8m) reward for information leading to his capture.  He later announced his defection to the Somali government in August.

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