21 April 2009

Somalia: Another Islamic Courts Commander Killed in Mogadishu

A senior commander of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) was gunned down in Mogadishu Tuesday for the second time in six days, Radio Garowe reports.

Sheikh Mohamed Mohamud "Agoweyne" was shot to death by two young men armed with pistols, according to witnesses.

"He was sitting on a chair when they shot him and escaped," a witness near KM4 area where the incident happened told Puntland-based Radio Garowe.

Sheikh Agoweyne was one of the senior ICU commanders who took leading role in the 2006 Islamist uprising.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but ICU spokesman Abdirahim Isse Addow blamed Al Shabaab for the assassination of an ICU commander last week. READ: Islamic Courts spokesman threatens Al Shabaab

Military tensions are steadily growing between the ICU, which backs the interim government of President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, and Islamist hardliners like Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam.

Both Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam are breakaway factions of the ICU, which was Somalia's umbrella Islamist movement in 2006.

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