A military spokesman for Al Shabab issues a statement south of Mogadishu. (Feisal Omar/Reuters)

From bullets and bombs to ballots: Mukhtar Robow and Al Shabab

Mukhtar Robow, a former Al Shabab deputy commander has raised questions in Somalia about what to do with former militants and if they have a future in politics.

Former Al Shabab commander Mukhtar Robow addresses a news conference in Mogadishu on October 27 2008. (Feisal Omar / Reuters)
Mukhtar Robow, second in command of Al Shabab at the time, rides on the back of a motorcycle on October 21 2010, during a show of force in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. (Getty Images)
Mukhtar Robow, left, with American-born militant Omar Hammami, also known as known as Abu Mansoor al Amriki, in southern Mogadishu in Somalia in 2011. Hammami was killed in 2013 following an order by then Al Shabab leader Ahmed Godane. (Farah Abdi Warsameh / AP)
Somali firemen try to extinguish burning cars at the scene where a car bomb exploded in front of a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia January 29, 2019. (Feisal Omar / Reuters)
Somali military officers attend a training programme by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at their military base in Mogadishu, Somalia November 1, 2017. The base was closed in April 2018. (Feisal Omar / Reuters)

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