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MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) — Chairperson of African Union Commission (AUC) Moussa Faki on Saturday arrived in the Somali capital of Mogadishu where he met senior government officials to discuss security and drought.

During his closed-door meeting with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Faki reaffirmed the commitment of the continental bloc to restore peace, stability and development in the horn of Africa state.

Local media reported that Faki discussed the humanitarian crises unfolding in Somalia due to drought with Somali president and other senior government officials.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has been involved in efforts to pacify Somalia amid clan-based skirmishes and terrorism that have wreaked havoc in the country.


Seven Al-Shabaab militants killed in battle with Somalia troops

by Hashi MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) — Seven Al-Shabaab fighters died during a fierce gun battle with Somali troops on Saturday night near Bay region in southwest Somalia.

Local officials revealed that a number of soldiers from Somalia National Army also sustained injuries during an overnight gun battle with the Al-Qaida-linked militants.

Hassan Hussein Mohamed, minister in charge of rehabilitating militias in South West State, confirmed to Xinhua on Sunday the death of seven Al-Shabaab militants.

They were killed during an operation that lasted several hours near Qansah-dhere town, while six officers from the Somalia National Army were also injured, according to Mohamed.

He said the Somalia National Army had also been involved in delivering humanitarian aid to drought victims in southwestern parts of the country.