DHUSAMAREEB (SD) – Ahlu-Sunna Waljamaa, Somalia’s moderate group in central Somalia has accused Galmudug state of attacking the group’s base, saying deviating from the war against the militant group Al-Shabaab.
In an interview with BBC Somali service, the group leader Sheikh Mohamed Shakir said the group’s motive in Galmudug state areas was to visit graves of well respected clerics.
“We came to our areas to visit some graves of our clerics, and then we saw the problems of Al-Shabaab on the people and we declared war on Al-Shabaab, and the Galmudug administration invaded us instead of fighting Al-Shabaab,” said Shakir.
The remarks of Ahlu-sunna leader come on the heels of Prime Minister Mohamed Roble who described the conflict between Ahlu Sunna and the Galmudug state forces was “unfortunate” noting the state government had the sole responsibility of maintaining security.
Roble underscored his support for the Galmudug state saying noting it had legitimate authority over the state and is responsible for its security and that any violent conflicts should be avoided at all costs.
“There is administration in Galmudug that has full legitimacy and is responsible for the security of the Galmudug region, so any action that appears to be disrupting governance system in Galmudug should be avoided,” ” The mobilization armed forces and attacks that threaten stability should be stopped,” Roble said in a statement.
The PM’s remarks followed the renewal of clashes which saw Ahlu Sunna capture the towns of Guri El and Mataban in the Galgadud and Hiran regions, as well as several villages on Friday.