SOMALIA / BULO MARER LIBERATION

01-Sep-2014 00:02:34
The Somali army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have liberated the town of Bulo Marer from al-Shabaab militants. The town served as a major route for al-Shabaab insurgents and provided them with steady income obtained through extortion and forceful taxation of residents and travellers.
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STORY: SOMALIA / BULO MARER LIBERATION
TRT: 2:34
SOURCE: AMISOM
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 30 AUGUST 2014, BULO MARER, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST

1. Wide shot, AMISOM and SNA troops entering Bulo Marer town
2. Med shot, AMISOM and SNA troops enter Bulo Marer town
3. Close up shot, AMISOM forces planning a rocket launch
4. Med shot, rockets being prepared for launching from an AMISOM armed tank
5. Med shot, AMISOM Uganda mobile rocket launcher 107 firing into Al-Shabaab positions
6. Wide shot, Bulo Marer town
7. Close up shot, motorbike burning in along a street in the town
8. Wide shot, buildings in central Bulo Marer
9. Wide shot, AMISOM Vehicles entering town
10. SOUNDBITE(English) Brig. Gen. Dick Olum, Uganda AMISOM Contingent Commander:
“It was a well planned operation under battle group commander battle group no.12 Col. Emmy Mulindwa with the 37 battalion, 43 battalion and 61battalion. This location of Buulo Mareer was actually the responsibility of 37 battalion and they moved in smartly, consciously and we took over the city at exactly 1.30 hours. So it means our operation has been so successful and it means we planned very well.”
11. Med shot, AMISOM Uganda battle group no. 12 commander Col. Emmy Mulindwa
12. Wide shot, AMISOM forces
13. Med shot, Governor Lower Shabelle regional government Abdul Kadir JS Siidi
14. Wide shot, AMISOM forces entering town
15. SOUNDBITE(English) Brig. Gen. Dick Olum, Uganda AMISOM Contingent commander:
“The al-Shabaab really resisted, they fought very hard for it, you can see the tyres they burnt in the town and you can see how they were firing on us from the roof top but I am not so sure they have all fled towards Barawe, of course you very well know my next target is Barawe and as soon as I am through Bulo Mareer and Kurtunwaarey, am moving to Barawe.”
16. Wide shot, AMISOM Uganda forces going through town
17. Wide shot, AMISOM Uganda forces entering town
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdul Kadir JS Siidi, Governor, Lower Shabelle:
“We appreciate the Ugandan AMISOM force. They came by force and they beat the al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda like a child with stick. Now that we have captured Buulo Mareer, we are going to Barawe and Kurtunwaarey.”
19. Wide shot, AMISOM Uganda forces in town


STORYLINE

The Somali National Army together with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have liberated the town of Bulo Marer from al-Shabaab militants. The town is located approximately 150 km South of the Capital Mogadishu in the Lower Shabeelle region.

Bulo Marer served as a major route for the al-Shabaab through which deadly explosive devices were channeled to the rest of Somalia.

The town also provided the insurgents with steady income obtained through extortion and forceful taxation of residents and travellers.

Speaking after liberating the town, Brig. Gen. Dick Olum, Uganda AMISOM Contingent Commander said the operation has been well-planned and coordinated.

“It was a well-planned operation under battle group commander battle group no.12 Col. Emmy Mulindwa with the 37 battalion, 43 battalion and 61 battalion. This location of BuuloMareer was actually the responsibility of 37 battalion and they moved in smartly, consciously and we took over the city at exactly 1.30 hours. So it means our operation has been so successful and it means we planned very well,” he said.

The joint SNA and AMISOM troops faced stiff resistance from the insurgents as they tried to capture the town.

“The Al-Shabaab really resisted, they fought very hard for it, you can see the tyres they burnt in the town and you can see how they were firing on us from the roof top but I am not so sure they have all fled towards Barawe, of course you very well know my next target is Barawe and as soon as I am through Buulo Mareer and Kurtunwaarey, am moving to Barawe.”

The troops were welcomed into the town by Lower Shabelle Region Governor Abdul Kadir JS Siidi.

“We appreciate the Ugandan AMISOM force. They came by force and they beat the al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda like a child with stick. Now that we have captured Buulo Mareer, we are going to Barawe and Kurtunwaarey.”

The operation launched by the SNA and AMISOM troops seeks to liberate more territory from the al-Shabaab insurgents, create a safe and stable environment for the Somali people.
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