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Feds react to Al Shabab training Video

MOGADISHU (SD)-The Federal Government of Somalia has labeled as propaganda a video released by Al-Shabaab, which showcased new fighters who had undergone training.

Somalia’s Foreign Minister, Ahmed Macallin Fiqi, stated on Twitter that the video demonstrated that the Somali National Army had transformed Al-Shabaab fighters into Hollywood actors.

“I saw some of the terrorist group making a propaganda video & exaggeration. It shows they are hiding their weakness behind a well-produced film. On the other hand, it is our national army that has turned Al-Shabaab fighters into Hollywood actors,” Ahmed Fiqi said.

The statement from the Somali government came hours after Al-Shabaab released an extensive video displaying their fighters performing military drills. Media affiliated with Al-Shabaab claimed that the video had been translated into seven languages.

The release of this video seems to be an attempt by Al-Shabaab to recruit more fighters from the region, as it was translated into Somali, English, Arabic, Amharic, Oromo, Swahili, and French.

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