NAIROBI, Kenya | AU force in Somalia says not involved in ex-al-Shabab arrest
NAIROBI, Kenya — The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia says it had no part in the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency.
The statement released overnight called for “utmost restraint” after several deaths were reported in the gunfire-fueled uproar around Muhktar Robow’s arrest on Thursday in Baidoa.
His arrest is seen as a high-profile test of Somalia’s treatment of defectors from the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, Africa’s most active extremist group.