Al-Shabaab Top Leader Ahmed Dirie Hides In Gedo Region, Source Say

By sonna-Somali terrorist group Al-shabaab along with their top leaders are believed to be on run from their hideouts in southern Somalia, as large military operations against the militants continue across the country, by Somalia National Army backed by AMISOM and international partners. Mr. Ahmed Dirie, the leader of Al-Shabaab is said to be hiding in part of Gedo region Southern Somalia, after he fled from Al-Shabaab controlling district of Jilib in Lower Jubba, whereby Somalia’s international partners bombarded several times, killing scores of militants.

Gen. Ismail Sahardiid, the commander of Sector 43 of the the Somalia National Armed Forces in Gedo region told SONNA News Agency, that Al-Shabaab top leader and militias loyal to him fled to Gedo region, where Somalia Military Forces are currently searching for them. Sources say, that there is a new conflict between Mr. Ahmed Dirie, the leader of Al-Shabaab and his deputy  Mr. Fidow, who is in charge of financial and administration for the group.

Mr. Fidow has influential power in the militant, that is the reason behind the attempt to eliminate Mr. Ahmed Dirie, who is reported to have fled to Gedo Region,” Gen. Ismail Added. The increasing air strikes against Al-Shabaab hideouts caused fear and suspicion between the group’s top officers, ever since many officials of Al-Shabaab defected to the Federal Government of Somalia, while some others have been beheaded by the group as the result of mistrust between them.

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