The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), concludes at its 683rd meeting held on 26 April 2017, that although weakened, Al-Shabaab still maintains the capacity to conduct attacks and still retains a presence in the Middle Juba, Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle regions.
According to Monday 8th May 2017, CBC NEWS report, a suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a cafe in central Mogadishu on Monday, killing at least eight people in an attack claimed by the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.
The Communique of the 683rd meeting of the PSC on its Field Mission to the Federal Republic of Somalia noted the importance of expediting the implementation of the planned Operation Juba Valey II and welcomes the decision by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) to set the priority of defeating Al-Shabaab within the next two years.
The council emphasises the importance of the FGS to develop a national security roadmap within specified timelines, to build the capacity and train the Somali national security forces for them to eventually take over the responsibility of security in Somalia, taking into account the withdrawal of AMISOM.
“In this regard Council underscores the importance of providing support to the Somali national forces, including, coordinated training, financial, logistical and other resource support,”
The council also expressed deep concern about the drought situation in some areas of Somalia and the consequent famine, noting the urgent need to respond to a humanitarian response commensurate to the level of the drought and famine affecting large communities.
According to UNICEF, almost 30,000 young children, many of them displaced by a searing drought and that many of the children.