14 February 2013

Somalia: A Leader of Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a Dies

The chairman of the executive committee of the pro-government Ahlu Sunna wal Jama'a, Sheikh Mohamed Yusuf Hefow, has died in a hospital in Mogadishu, it was announced yesterday.

Sheikh Hefow died in hospital where he had been flown from Guri'el in Galgudud region, for treatment for diabetes. He was aged 50. The Minister of Interior Affairs and National Security, Abdikarim Hussein Guled, sent a message of condolence to the Ahlu Sunna leadership and to the family of Sheikh Hefow.

Sheikh Hefow, a teacher and businessman, was one of the founders of Ahlu Sunna which played a significant role in liberating large areas of Galgudud and Hiiraan regions from Al-Shabaab in the last year or two. He was elected chairman of its executive committee in August 2011.

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