AMISOM hands over national stadium to government
The stadium in Mogadishu was captured from jihadist group Al Shabaab by AMISOM and the Somali Army.
Addis Ababa, August 29, 2018 (FBC) -The African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has officially handed over the country’s national stadium to the government, which they had been occupying since 2011.
The stadium in Mogadishu was captured from jihadist group Al Shabaab by AMISOM and the Somali Army during an operation to liberate the city in September 2011.
Al Shabaab had banned all sporting activity as it used the stadium as a base for terror activities.
During a pre-handover inspection of the stadium on Monday, Somalia’s president Mohamed Farmaajo thanked AMISOM for their continued support towards the restoration of peace.
AMISOM says the president expressed satisfaction with the transition process, as the peacekeeping force works exiting the Horn of Africa country.