MOGAIDHU, Somalia – The African Union peacekeeping troops from Djibouti and Ethiopia were deployed into Dhusamareb town, ahead of regional presidential and parliament elections.
The troop deployment comes after an agreement between the African Union mission, Somalia’s Federal government, and Ahlu Sunna Wal Jame’a.
The peacekeeping troops are expected to take control of Dhusamareb town while the presidential regional election was slated to take place.
But now, the town is under control of Ahlu Sunna, a Somalia-based paramilitary group fighting against Al Shabaab.
The town is expected to host a reconciliation conference for large clans in the coming days ahead of presidential election regional leadership.
On Friday, top African Union force (AMISOM) commander General Tigabu Yilma arrived in Dhusamareb town in central Somalia where he met government ministers and regional leaders from Ahlu Sunna and Galmudug.