Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pro-Government Somali Sufi Militia Captures and Executes Two Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen Fighters in Mogadishu

Fighters belonging to the Somali Sufi militia Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca (Ahl al-Sunna wa'l Jama'ah; long name for Sunni Muslims) claim to have captured and executed two members of an increasingly powerful Islamist insurgent group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen ("Movement of Warrior-Youth;" Al-Shabaab) . An anonymous source in the Sufi militia told Agence France-Presse: "We arrested them overnight after they got lost and apparently mistook our position for one of theirs and we killed them."

In late April, Harakat al-Shabab released a statement via its media outlet, Al-Kata'ib (Brigades) Media that claimed to have inflicted a severe defeat on Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca in Mogadishu, killing a number of its members. In terms of appearance and weaponry, the Sufi militiamen are largely indistinguishable from their main opponents in Harakat al-Shabab.

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