25 April 2013

Somalia: Sheikh Bashir Ahmed Salad - Alshabab Conduct Killings in Mogadishu

The head of Somalia religious leader sheikh Bashir Ahmed Salad talking to Aljazira Arabic said that the most killings in the capital is conducted by Alshabab militia.

The Sheikhs interview comes after he survived an assassination attempt early this month. Plots to assassinate clan elders, religious leaders and journalists have been rampant in the country for the past one year. The sheikh during his interview said that sheikhs were not the only targets. He said members of the public leaders, business men, and politicians were also targets.

Asked about the existence of other crime gangs other than Alshabab who conduct such killings, the sheikh pointed out that it was only Alshabab who were known to do such acts. The sheikh was also asked if they were against the jihadist Ideology embraced by Alshabab, his answer was that the fighting against the enemy of the people should be decided by the Somali religious leaders but not from foreigners.

Asked about his view of the presence of foreign fighters in the country, the sheikh said that they are also part of the problem however he added that the foreign troops help the government troops to eliminate the Alshabab and will do that until a proven Somali army is established.

The sheikh was finally asked about the federal system the government uses and whether the religious leaders association agrees with the idea, he said that if the system was uniting the members of the public and decisions made had the right intention then that will not have any negative impact about what they think.

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