Somalia’s Ahlu Sunna militia leadership admits defeat
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa (ASWJ) militia leadership Sheikh Mohamed Shakir and his militias have admitted defeat following 2 day of gun battle in Dhumasareb town of central Somalia.
Sheikh Shakir’s surrender comes shortly after his men were overpowered by Somali army forces, who were recently deployed to key towns in central Somalia.
Shakir says he agreed to hand-over his militias to the country’s army commander General Masood Mohamed Warsame, in a bid to stop the ongoing violence in the town.
In return, General Warsame will be taking responsibility for the safety of ASWJ members, according to a statement released by Sheikh Shakir.
Last month, Shakir announced agreed to join the regional administration but later distanced himself from it due to disagreements with its president.
For the last two days, at least 12 people were killed and more than 20 injured in clashes between the army and Ahlu Sunna militias, residents said.
The latest reports say the situation remains calm after the fighting subsided due to Shakir’s surrender.
Reports suggest that residents, who had already fled from the town are returning to their houses.
Somalia has been plunged into chaos since the fall of the autocrat Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.