Sunday, April 15, 2012
Explosions rock Garbaharey town, Gedo region Jubaland State of Somalia. Ahlu Sunna officials travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
At least two people have been killed and five others injured when two explosions reportedly hit a market in Garbaharey town, the provincial capital of Gedo region, Jubaland State of Somalia according to eyewitnesses.The explosions were said to be remotely controlled landmines planted in the market killed two prominent elders in Garbaharey. The injured people were rushed to health facilities in the area.Ahlu Sunna spokesman in the region, Mohamed Hussein Al-Qadi told Terror Free Somalia that they are conducting investigations into the incident, promising that perpetrators of the attack will be brought to justice.Al shabaab group has claimed responsibility of the explosion.Early last month, Al-Shabaab militants made a surprise attack on Garbaharey town, killing two senior military officers and wounded several other people.The town is used by Ethiopian and Somali government-backed troops as a base to launch assaults on Al-Shabaab militant group in the region.The town has also a major presence of heavily armed Ethiopian forces, which are supporting Somali government troops and a pro-government militia group, Ahlu Sunna and has been under their control for almost a year.
A high level delegation from Ahlu Sunna group on Sunday travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend a meeting on security situation in recently liberated central Somalia regions.The 20 member delegation includes senior officials from the central Somalia regions, according to the group’s chairman, Prof, Xirsi Aw-Maxamad Hilowle .Ahlu Sunna militias backed by Ethiopian troops have been conducting anti-Al-Shabaab offensive in these regions in order to clear the militant group from these regions.The meeting in Addis Ababa is expected to focus on securing these regions from remnant militant fighters as well as setting up a local authority.