ABUDWAQ (Somalilandpress) — Somalia’s Al-Shabab militants have seized a key-town from pro-government Ahlu Sunna Walajam’a fighters on Saturday, witnesses said.
Al-Shabab overpowered the predominantly Sufi group in the town of Dusa-Mareb in the strategic central region of Galgadud.
Witnesses said Al Shabab entered the town from two routes early in the morning and faced little resistance from Ahlu Sunna militants.
The fighting comes a day after Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a Islamist formed their own 41 member parliament in the town of Abudwaq. It is not clear yet if the government approves of their “parliament” but delegates from abroad and in the country attended the conference.
Most of their prominent leaders were in Abudwaq including the newly elected “speaker of parliament” Sheikh Abdulkadir Aden during the fall of the town.
Its not immediately clear the extent of the damages caused by the fighting between the two Islamist rebels but witnesses said a large number of people have fled their homes in fear of violence.
Alhu Sunna are currently in the towns of Guri-ael, Abudwaq, Balanbal and Harelle preparing to retake Dusa-Mareb.
Somalia has not had an effective government since 1991 and currently more than six waring factions exist in the country.
Along with Puntland and Galmudug state, Somalis are expecting other factions to declare their semi-autonomous states including the proposed “state of Southwestern Somalia”. While Al-Shabab wants a strict version of Sharia law imposed around the country.
Source: Somalilandpress, 2 January 2010