26 November 2006

Somalia's Threaten to Attack Ethiopian Troops in Galkayo, Central Somalia

Mogadishu — The Union of Islamic Courts has revealed they would attack Ethiopian forces in Galkayo in Mudug province, central Somalia.

Mohomood Mohammed Jima'ale Agoweyne, the Islamic Courts spokesperson for central provinces, has told Shabelle Radio in Mogadishu by telephone that large number of Ethiopian troops was massed in Galkayo to fight with Islamists, adding: "We will avert and drive the Ethiopian military forces deployed in Galjkayo out".

He accused the Ethiopian government of bringing more of its troops in Somalia; threatening Islamists would attack them and force them out of Somalia.

Agoweyne said that large number of pro-Islamists from the autonomous regional government of Puntland who trained with other Islamists in the capital Mogadishu have returned to Puntland.

"Puntland Islamic Courts forces who are going back to their territory will fight with Puntland administration if they are prevented from entering Puntland", he said, adding that the forces will reach North Galkayo where Puntland administers.

The Islamic Courts officers in Abudwaq in Galgadud province, central Somalia, have urged residents to stay calm and halt fleeing the town.

More of the inhabitants in Abudwaq have fled after fears of war that could explode between the Islamist fighters and Ethiopian forces have mounted.

Sheik Ali Haji Dhere, an Islamic Courts officer, has called on the civilian population to stand for the defense of their country against Ethiopian invaders.

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