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SOMALIA: Ahlu Sunnah vows to defend Galmudug territories amid tension with Federal government

Sheikh Shakir Ali Hassan, the leader of the moderate Islamist group Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’ah who is also the chief minister of the Galmudug state government, accused the federal government of withdrawing from the agreement it signed with his group by deploying more troops to the state capital, Dusamreb.

In a statement late on Tuesday, the Ahlu Sunnah leader, who was responding to the recent deployment of more federal forces in Dusamareb, blamed the federal government or violating all the agreements it signed with his group.

Sheikh Shakir called on the group’s followers to defend their territory, accusing the government of sending troops led by former Al-Shabaab leaders to the region.

Meanwhile, the minister of interior, federalism and reconciliation, Abdi Mohamed Sabriye, who spoke in Dusamareb, said that the Somali government did not violate any of the 10 articles signed by the federal government and Ahlu Sunnah.

Minister Sabriye added that the federal government is striving to bring about an inclusive regional government in Galmudug.

The Federal Government of Somalia and Ahlu Sunnah had signed an agreement to jointly administer Dusamareb and other areas in July.