Military experts from the UK trained 500 soldiers for Somalia’s southwest state as part of its support in the fight against Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda ally in the Horn of Africa country.
The new soldiers have on Thursday concluded training course in Baidoa town of the interim capital of the southwest state.
The new recruits graduated after successfully completing a three-month military course, conducted by UK training commanders.
A pass out ceremony for the soldiers which attended by officials from Southwest state, UK officials, SNA officials was held in Baidoa town.
Addressing the trained officers, the Force Commander of the 60th battalion of SNA, Ismail Mukhtar commended them for their zeal during the training.
The officials from the UK said they would continue to enhance the capabilities of the Somali security institutions to prepare them for eventual takeover.