20 May 2009

Somalia: Al-Shabaab Forms Islamic Administration in Strategic Town

Jowhar — Al-Shabab has formed a new Islamic administration in Jowhar, the regional capital of Middle Shabelle Region in Southern Somalia, officials said on Wednesday.

Jowhar is the home town of Somalia's president Sharif Sheik Ahmed.

They captured the town on Sunday after they fought with their former allies, the Islamic Courts Union, which supports the weak UN-recognized government.

Sheik Ali Mohamed Hussein, the head of Shabaab in Banadir region said they formed the administration after they consulted with the clerics, businessmen, and the intellectuals of the town.

He said that al-Shabab named Sheik Abdirahman Hassan Hussein as the head of Middle Shabelle Region.

The new governor of al-Shabaab requested from the population in town to work with his administration.

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