3 January 2011

Somalia: Moderate Ahlu Sunna Complain of Ethiopian Forces

Dolow — Somalia's moderate Ahlu Sunna Waljama' ASWJ are complaining about Ethiopian military forces in Dolow district in Gedo region in southern Somalia, an official said on Monday.

Sheikh Abdi Badel Sheikh Abdullahi, an Ahlu Sunna official, who spoke to Shabelle Media Network, has said the Ethiopian troops in Gedo have continued bothering Ahlu Sunna fighters in the region for unknown reasons.

Abdullahi noted that turned deaf ear Ethiopian troops' orders towards Ahlu Sunna fighters in Dolow to put down their arms

"There are military camps in Dolow where a lot of fighters have been in and Ethiopians outraged by Ahlu Sunna's military capability" he was quoted by Shabelle as saying.

The official confirmed that a number of their fighters were disarmed by Ethiopian military inside Somalia soil.

On Friday, Ethiopian military forces have disarmed pro-government fighters from the moderate Ahlu Sunna and government troops in the Gedo region of southern Somalia.

A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, said three Ethiopian military officers came to the Dolow district where 300 Somali forces are based and ordered them to put down their weapons. A number of Ahlu Sunna Waljama' fighters were also ordered to disarm.

The official said the Ethiopian action came after an Ahlu Sunna official held a meeting with members of the international community in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The official charged that the Ahlu Sunna officer was smuggling weapons over the Ethiopian and Kenyan borders into Somalia.

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