13 June 2009

Somalia: Moderate Islamists Carry Out Security Operations in Central Part of the Country

Shabelle-Abudwak — Forces loyal to Somalia's Ahlu Sunna Waljama, a moderate Islamist group which controls parts of central Somalia have carry out security operations in the town of Abud wak in central Somalia in the second consecutive day, according to our correspondent in that town.

The group has also imposed security steps in the town.

The group has told that its are forces are securing the safety of the people in the town.

The security initiatives Ahlu Sunna forces imposed on Abudwak town include that no one can carry weapons inside the town other Ahlu Sunna fighters.

Anyone spotted carrying illegal arms in the town will be prosecuted, said a commander of the group.

These security steps coincided with the visit to Abudwak by the chief commander of Ahlu Sunna in central Somalia Sheikh Adan Shiekh Abdi nur.

Meanwhile, Ahlu Sunna has strongly condemned the recent killing of Shabelle director Mr. Muktar Mohamed Hirabe whom armed men shot him dead in what was a coordinated attack inside Mogadishu.

In a press conference in Guri el today, Ahlu Sunna leader Sheikh Omar Sheikh Mohamed Farah has called the attack which left Hirabe as a deplorable and he called residents in Mogadishu to keep vigilant against those who carry out such attacks.

Ahlu Sunna and Alshabab, another rival Islamist group have repeatedly clashed in central Somalia and their clashes left scores of their fighters and civilians dead.

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