7 June 2009

Somalia: Ahlu Sunna Wajama'a Claims They Have Injured Sheik Aweys

Mogadishu — Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a claimed Sunday they have injured Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys , the leader of Hizbul Islam in Wabho Village on Friday's fighting.

More than fifty combatants from allied Hizbul Islam and Al- Shabab and Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a were killed and seventy others were injured in fierce battle between the groups in Wabho village of Ealbur district in Galgadud region in central Somalia.

Sharif Ali Ahmed, the deputy information secretary of Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a in central Somalia who contacted Shabelle radio said they inured Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, Somalia's opposition leader and added hat he was being treated in Ealbur town hospital.

He also claimed that they have killed Sheik Hassan Turki, a very close associate to Sheik Aweys, who is also the deputy chairman of Hizbul Islam and the spokesman of Hizbul Islam Sheik Hassan Mahdi.

But the spokesman of Hizbul Islam, Sheik Hassan Mahdi contacted Shabelle radio and denied that their leader was injured in the fighting.

The claim of Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a comes as there have been rumors in the country that Sheik Aweys was injured in the fighting that took place in Wabho on Friday.

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