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Jubaland Minister Janan mobilises troops in preparation for confrontation with FGS
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Jubaland Minister Janan mobilises troops in preparation for confrontation with FGS

Abdirashid Janan Jubbaland's Security minister is mobilising troops in what could set stage for a bloody confrontation with Mogadishu. Itvhas been reported that so far he has mobilised over 250 heavily armed soldiers in Mandera Kenya. Minister who escaped detention in According to a security source and a Mandera county official said he and his troops are at the Iko Tulla Amin border point on the Kenya s In the photos Janan is seen adressing the soldiers. Several military vehicles are also photographed. A local leader identified the location as Iko Tulla Amin border point Mandera. The soldiers had exit neighbouring Beled Hawo town in Gedo region upon a take over by Turkish-trained federal government troops earlier this week. The take over was condemned by Jubbaland administration. Janan is said to have sneaked into Kenya for safety and is currently under protection of Kenya Defence Forces at a Mandera hotel with access to his troops at the border point. The presence of the soldiers and the tension on both sides of the border has led to a call by Mandera East MP Omar Sala to demand for the fugitive Minister to exit Kenya. "For the past months we have had security issues in Mandera caused by Alshabab and their affiliates, now the situation has been worsened by the coming of Janan to Mandera who is said to have escaped from jail" Sala said in an interview with a Mandera radio station. "The problem we are facing is that supporters and militias aligned to him are in Mandera and there is division between his own clan, some owing allegiance to the federal government and others to the regional government of Jubaland. This can worsen our security situation" Sala said. "I therefore request Abdirashid and his militias to move out of Mandera town, whether they have the backing of the kenyan government or not is not my concern" Sala said. Somalia this week accused Kenya of interfering with it's internal affairs in reference to reports that Nairobi was harbouring the fugitive minister. Janan on Saturday spoke for the first time since his escape. In an interview with BBC Janan gave details of how he escaped ending his 5 months detention in Mogadishu.