Somali national army has said senior Al Shabaab militant group members have defected and surrendered to the army in Hiraan province front line.
The defection comes following the government 45 days ultimatum amnesty for the members earlier this month.
Somali national army Hiran sector commander Col. Osman Abdi Mumin has confirmed the defection saying they are six high profile members.
“The members who decided to defect have surrendered to Somali army officials in Hiran and are in safe hands,” He said.
Prime minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed who is London has also confirmed high number of Al Shabaab defection saying more than 30 members has so far surrendered to his government.
This is the highest number of defection from group since its leader Ahmed Godane was killed by American drone strikes in the early part of this month.
No comment from the group concerning the government claim on the defection so far but if confirmed there is no doubt this will be another big blow to the group operation and fight against western backed government and African union forces in the country.