Authorities in Hudur town of southern Somalia have confirmed that al-Shabaab operative defected to the government after contacting the authorities.
The operative identified as Olad Abdirahman Hiirow has been reportedly fighting alongside Shabaab for more than a decade.
Hudur district Commissioner, Ibrahim Isack Ibrahim who confirmed the surrender of the man told the media that Hiirow was chauffeur for one of Shabaab commanders.
Ibrahim said Hiirow contacted with relatives who informed the authorities his proposed defection.
“The man initially talked to relatives to inform his plan then we were told the story about him, so we have him chance clarify his agenda,” said Ibrahim.
Hiirow is currently in the hands of the security agencies for investigation.
“He is undergoing investigation to know much about his role and other important issues to know,” said the commissioner.
Hudur town in Bakool region is among the town under Shabaab sieged for years as the group block the main route supply of the town.
Al-Shabaab lost the town in 2014 following heavy attack by Somali army backed by AMISOM troops.
The group also Mogadishu in 2011 following days of fierce gun battle with Somali army.
It now few rural areas in south and central Somalia but changed its military tactic to hit and run as well as attack major town with Vehicle Borne Improvised explosive devices (Vbied).