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Somali President Extends Amnesty to al-Shabab Fighters

FILE - Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

The president of Somalia says his country will again offer amnesty to al-Shabab fighters who denounce the terrorist organization and its ideology.

Speaking earlier this week in Mogadishu, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said the new amnesty would run from November 1 through December 31. He said he was extending the amnesty the extra 60 days "for the young, brainwashed men" to denounce al-Shabab.

The president asked parents to call on their boys to take advantage of the pardon.

During a first 45-day amnesty period, more than 700 fighters received amnesty. That period ended October 25.

The latest offer of amnesty comes as allied forces launch a nationwide offensive to eliminate al-Shabab from Africa’s longest coastline. The effort is named Operation Indian Ocean.

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