Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre said in televised remarks that Robow, who once had a $ 5 million US bounty on his head before he split from Al-Shabaab in 2013, would serve as the minister in charge of religion.
Robow publicly denounced his membership of the Islamist sect in
2017 and pledged his support to Somali authorities
, the US State Department 前記
He had earlier left the terrorist group after a disagreement with its leader Ahmed Abdi Godane in 2013. Godane was killed in a US drone strike the following year.
Robow was one of the highest ranking Al-Shabaab members to quit the sect, analysts told CNN. 彼がいた, しかしながら, unable to persuade many fighters to surrender with him to the Somali government, said Stig Jarle Hansen, の作者 “Al-Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group.”
“Robow is one of the core early members of Al-Shabaab, and one of the core [メンバー] of Afghanistan veterans that returned to Somalia,” Hansen told CNN.
Al-Shabaab has fought to topple the Somali government and establish a rule based on its strict interpretation of Islam’s Sharia law.
5月上旬, the sect overran a major military base housing the African Union forces in Mogadishu, killing a number of peacekeepers.
Al-Shabaab has long been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the US.