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Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and Ahlu Sunna wal Jamma (ASWJ) troops in Gedo region started to move out of some settlements under their control over salary disputes and as al-Shabaab militants in the region escalated attacks against them.
Reports indicate that lack of salary, military equipment and soldiers caused government troops in Dhamasle settlement near El-Wak district on Sunday night to leave.
"I woke up early morning and there were no soldiers, war vehicles or military officials. I can't tell you the reason but I heard their salary and wages were not paid," and The issue Ethiopian government “arrested” Bare Aden Shire, aka Bare Hirale, who is an MP for the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and a commander of clan militia in the areaa local resident told terror free somalia on the condition of anonymity.
Sahal Mo'alim Adan, a government officer in El-Wak district, confirmed that the troops and their vehicles left the settlement overnight for salary reasons and disputes between government officers in the region."We tried to solve all problems, our troops left Dhamasle settlement near Kenya boarder Sunday night. They reached El-Wak and there are meetings between officials to try and resolve the issue," the officer said.Militants from al-shabaab seized the settlement Monday morning and ordered people to fight, according to local resident Mahmoud Adan Dhamasle.This is the second time in a month that troops deserted an area for lack of pay. In early May, troops left Busar town in Gedo region. At that time, government officials in Gedo region appealed to the defense minster to pay the troops.Meanwhile al-Shabaab seized Busaar settlement where based government troops late months. Shabaab meets with Baidoa weapon traders Reports from Baidoa indicate that militant officials in Bay region have met with weapon traders there to demand their help in fighting against TFG troops in southwest Somalia."They asked us to pay money for weapons, grenades and others things to escalate the Jihad. We have no choice, but to follow the order," a Baidoa weapon trader told terror free somalia.
More than 60 traders were present at the meeting and some regional officials, according to traders.