As Fighting Continues in Central Somalia – 47 People Are Killed

Al-Shabaab - waging a terror campaign

According to the reuters news agency, 47 people have been killed in central Somalia in fighting between Islamist rebels and a pro-government group fighting for control of a strategic town. Terror group and Al-Qaeda proxy in the region, Al Shabaab, which seeks to impose sharia law on Somalia, attacked a town called Dusamareb, which is about 560 km north of the capital Mogadishu on Saturday. They were targeting positions of Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca, a moderate Muslim group.

There have been no reports of fighting in the region since December 2008 when the Ahlu Sunna took it after ousting Al-Shabaab fighters. Dusamareb is the capital of the Galgadud region a place where Al-Shabaab would like to extend their area of control between Mogadishu and the northeast region of Puntland. Most of the dead are from the two groups. The death toll might even increase as residents are still collecting bodies from alleys and under the trees. The whole region is tense and residents are fleeing from other towns.A spokesman for Ahlu Sunna said they had regained the town after losing it briefly to al Shabaab on Saturday. “Our forces are in full control of the town now. We have chased them away from here yesterday. Their dead bodies packed the streets. We will surely pursue them in the other towns they went to,” Sheikh Abdullahi Sheikh Abu Yusuf, told the news agency.

It seems the presence of Ahlu Sunna’s fighters on the streets of the town was not wholly re-assuring. Residents have expressed fear that Al-Shabaab will attack again. The Prime minister has been quoted as saying that the government was ready to launch an offensive against the rebels, who are causing growing concerns due to their ability to team up with their counterparts in the Arabian Peninsula and perpetrate attacks. He said “Our troops are prepared to act, and flush these terrorists out of the capital before the end of January, and continue taking over the control of more territories from these fighters,”

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