Somali government offers amnesty to extremists
03 September 2014, 19:06
Mogadishu - Somalia's government is offering amnesty to fighters with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab.
The government said in a statement following a Cabinet-level security meeting that it is giving al-Shabab militants up to 45 days to take up the offer.
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Somali Security Minister Khalif Ahmed Ereg said the government "will create a better livelihood to build their future for those who meet the deadline."
The offer of amnesty comes after a U.S. airstrike that targeted al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, whose fate remains unclear.
And Somali forces, backed by African Union troops, last week launched an offensive on al-Shabaab's last strongholds in southern Somalia.
Al-Shabaab is believed to have thousands of fighters in its ranks, fighting to impose Sharia law on Somalia.