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Monday, March 9, 2009

Somali rivals 'prepare' for major battle

Mon, 09 Mar 2009 14:27:33 GMT | PressTV

Militant groups prepare
to fight for power
in central Somalia.
Two powerful Somali militant factions are preparing for a heavy confrontation over the control of central regions in the country.

For the last few weeks, Al-Shabaab fighters and clan based Ahlul-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa have been deploying forces in central Somalia, a Press TV correspondent reported.

On Monday, Al-Shabaab forces reportedly sent at least 50 armored vehicles with over 300 fighters to the towns of Dhusamareb and Guriel, which are currently under the control of Ahlul-Sunnah Wal-jamaa.

Dhusamareb is one of Al-Shabaab's strongholds, where the group's founder, Sheikh Aden Hashi Ayro lost his life in a US propelled missile attack in May last year.

The fighters are keen to recapture the strategic and symbolic town.

Ahlul-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa, meanwhile, accuses Al-Shabaab of targeting and killing prominent clerics in different parts of the conflict-riddled country.

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