A former U.S. intelligence specialist has donated surveillance drones to police in Somalia, aimed at boosting the country’s fight against Islamist terrorists.
The donations are the latest boost in the Horn of Africa region’s fight against Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab group that has waged a near-decade insurgency in a quest to instill a strict Sharia governed state.
Earlier this year, U.S. President Donald Trump allowed an increased military engagement in the region in a bid to crush the militant group.
The Somalis received five drones, some of which have infra-red or night vision capabilities, from Brett Velicovich, whose service with the U.S. military features in a “Drone Warrior”, a book to be published next month.
“There’s been a real increase in complex attacks,” Reuters reports the 33-year-old to say.
“Some of the things that these drones will be able to do will be to conduct surveillance … to look out for other potential Al-Shabaab members who may be on rooftops or may be there to look at hitting the first responders,” he added.
Even though Al-Shabaab has lost ground, the group continues to stage attacks in different parts of the country.
Earlier this year, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared that he would wage fresh war against the militants, aiming to wipe them out completely.