Al-Shabaab has expelled 27 people from villages in Galgadud region for allegedly having links with the government, UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported Tuesday (February 12th).
The expelled -- including businessmen, farmers and youths from Ali Yusuf, Shador and Bargal villages -- were sent to Galkayo, Mogadishu and areas under Ahlu Sunna wal-Jamaa (ASWJ) control in central Somalia, according to ASWJ official Abdi Hassan Mohamed.
A group of Somali lawmakers who have been in Galgadud since late January to assess its development and security said that residents are eager to see Somali government institutions established in the region.
Speaking in Dusamareb on Wednesday, the lawmakers said they have completed the first phase of their mission and will soon bring top government officials to the region, including Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon and members of his cabinet.
Galgadud Governor Ahmed Hassan Iyow has called on the government to deploy African Union Mission in Somalia troops to reinforce safety and security in the region, according to Somalia's Jowhar Online.