Somalia: Ahlu Sunnah Waljama’a moderate Islamist rebels seize control of Dhusamareb town
Somali moderate Islamist rebels have taken over the control of a town located in the Central region of the country on Sunday morning, Horseed Media reports.
Dhusamareb, the capital of Galgadud region and North of Mogadishu, was under the control of forces loyal to the Federal government of Somalia.
According to local residents, the Ahlu Sunnah Waljama’a milita launched attacks from the outskirts of the town and managed to capture strategic bases after few hours from the government forces.
Ahlu Sunna waljama’a is a paramilitary group consisting of moderate Sufis opposed to the radical Islamist groups such as Al-Shabaab in Somalia. It became prominent in 2008, when it took up arms against al-Shabaab after the radical group began destroying the tombs of the country’s Sufi saints.