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STORY: AMISOM ACTING FORCE

COMMANDER COMMENDS TROOPS FOR


DEFEATING AL SHABAAB
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/AMHARIC NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: 10/JUNE/2016, HALGAN, SOMALIA
SHORT LIST
1. Wide shot, AMISOM Acting Force Commander, Maj. Gen.
Nakibus Lakara, visiting the Ethiopian troops Halgan base in
central Somalia
2. Med shot, captured ammunition from a recent Al
Shabaab attack
3. Med shot, Ethiopian soldiers
4. Close up shot, captured ammunition
5. Med shot, captured ammunition
6. Wide shot, captured ammunition
7. Med shot, magazines
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Maj. Gen. Nakibus Lakara,
AMISOM Acting Force Commander
Let me congratulate Col. Ayenom and the troops for doing a very
commendable job. We have learnt lessons from previous attacks. Al
Shabaab has been exploiting AMISOM weaknesses but over time we
have been able to learn lessons and share the experiences and I
think this is evidence of the troops being able to pick those lessons
from previous experiences. We have come a long way and we shall
ensure those weaknesses are addressed. So the troops have done a
very commendable job.
9. Close up shot, guns
10.
Wide shot, captured ammunition
11.
Close up shot, bullets
12.
Close up, captured ammunition
13.
Wide shot, AMISOM Acting Force Commander, Maj.
Gen. Nakibus Lakara, inspecting the captured ammunition
14.
SOUNDBITE (English) Maj. Gen. Nakibus
Lakara, AMISOM Acting Force Commander

This is a big catch, very big catch. You know the communication
gadgets,
machines guns and the B10s. It is a big catch, and of course the
human catch as well. You have seen the bodies. It is massive.
15.
Wide shot, structure that was destroyed during
the attack
16.
Close up shot, Maj. Gen. Nakibus Lakara talking to
the Ethiopian commanders
17.
Wide shot, destroyed structure
18.
SOUNDBITE (Amharic) Col. Ayenom Mesfin,
AMISOM Sector Four deputy commander
We were attacked by about 400 enemies from four different fronts
at dawn and the fight ended after 9:30am.
19.
Close up shot, captured ammunition
20.
Wide shot, captured ammunition
21.
Close up shot, guns
22.
SOUNDBITE (English) Maj. Gen. Nakibus
Lakara, AMISOM Acting Force Commander
I am going to report to the Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia and Head
of Mission that you have done a commendable job. I have seen the
evidence on the ground.
23.
Wide shot, AMISOM ENDF troops clapping
24.
SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Col Joe Kibet,
AMISOM Force Spokesperson
The claims by the Al-Shabaab are ridiculous. We have seen with our
own eyes and it is pure propaganda to say that they overran this
camp.
25.
Wide shot, soldiers singing
26.
Close up shot, soldiers singing
27.
Med shot, Maj. Gen. Nakibus Lakara clapping as
the soldiers sing
28.
Wide shot, soldiers singing
29.
Close up shot , a soldier singing

AMISOM ACTING FORCE COMMANDER COMMENDS TROOPS


FOR DEFEATING AL SHABAAB
Hiiraan, June 10, 2016 - The AMISOM Acting Force Commander,
Maj. Gen. Nakibus Lakara, today commended Ethiopian troops for
thwarting an Al-Shabaab attack and inflicting heavy casualties on
the Al Qaeda-linked militants.

Maj. Gen Lakara visited the Halgan Forward Operation Base, in


Hiiraan region, a day after troops from the Ethiopian National
Defence Forces (ENDF), serving under AMISOM, thwarted a dawn
attack by Al Shabaab, killing more than 100 militants.
Maj. Gen. Lakara was received at the base by the AMISOM sector
four Deputy Commander, Col. Ayenom Mesfin, who briefed him on
the operation and took him on a guided tour of the camp where a
huge cache of arms seized from the attackers was displayed. The
battlefield was still strewn with bodies of slain Al Shabaab fighters.
Let me congratulate Col. Ayenom and the troops for doing a very
commendable job. Al Shabaab has been exploiting AMISOM
weaknesses but over time we have been able to learn lessons and
share the experiences and this is evidence of the troops being able
to pick those lessons from previous experiences, he noted.
The Acting Force Commander said AMISOM had come a long way
and will continue to ensure the weaknesses are addressed.
This is a big catch; the communication gadgets, machines guns
and the B10s and of course the terrorists as well. It is massive, he
said in an interview moments after touring the battleground.
Col. Ayenom revisited the bloody Thursday, saying Al Shabaab had
attempted to overrun the camp but found AMISOM soldiers more
than ready for battle, forcing the terrorists to flee after suffering
major casualties. The fighting lasted more than four hours.
We were attacked by about 400 enemies from four different fronts
at dawn and the fight ended after 9:30am, the Sector Four deputy
commander said.
Apart from killing more than 100 Al Shabaab fighters, the Ethiopian
contingent managed to recover an assortment of weapons among
them rocket-propelled grenades, AK 47 rifles, hand-held radios and
anti-aircraft guns.
Maj. Gen. Lakara addressed the soldiers and praised them for their
commitment and resilience in defeating the terrorists.
I am going to report to the Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia and Head
of Mission that you have done a commendable job. I have seen the
evidence on the ground, he added.
AMISOM Force Spokesperson Lt. Col Kibet dismissed initial claims by
the Al Shabaab that they had overrun the camp.

The claims by the Al-Shabaab are ridiculous. We have seen with our
own eyes and it is pure propaganda to say that they overran this
camp, the spokesperson added.
Maj. Gen. Lakara was accompanied by senior officers from the
AMISOM Force Headquarters, among them, Col. Othieno Mutacho,
the AMISOM Chief of Operations; AMISOM Force Spokesperson, Lt.
Col. Joe Kibet; AMISOM officer in charge logistics, Maj. Hope Kanoti
and Acting Force Engineer, Maj. Ashenafi Abebe.
End