Somalia: Islamist Groups Officially Announce Unity in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Officials of Hizbul Islam and Al-shabab have officially announced their unity in a ceremony held at Nasrudin mosque in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday.

Al-shabab forces were taking over all military bases and areas under the control of Hizbul Islam in the past few days as rumors saying that they had been united for the fighting against the transitional government of Somalia and AMISOM troops in Mogadishu.

Sheik Ali Mohamud Raghe, the spokesman of Al-shabab fighters had attended the ceremony and said that the two sides agreed to unite their economics; policy and weapon to fight against AMISOM and Somali government troops.

Sheik Abdifatah Mo'allin Mohamed, head of the information of Hizbul Islam forces said that they were contented to be united to start huge clashes against the western backed government and the African Union troops AMISOM adding that they would redouble their fighting in the Somali capital.

Circumstances had caused Hizbul Islam forces to join Al-shabab fighters who fought bitterly in Bur-hakaba town of Bay region in southern Somalia in over the past days.

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