Somali militia group leader dead By ABDULKADIR KHALIF in Mogadishu | Wednesday, February 13 2013 at 18:35
The leader of Ahlu Sunna wal-Jamea (ASWJ), Sheikh Mohamed Yusuf Hefow, is dead
The moderate militia group chief died in Mogadishu Wednesday, according to the Somali government and ASWJ officials.
The sheikh had been airlifted from his base in Guri’el town in Galgadud region, 450km north of Mogadishu to a medical facility run by the African Union Mission in Somalia at Halane in the capital.
“We all mourn the death of Sheikh Hefow,” a senior ASWJ official in Mogadishu, Sheikh Aden Moalim Sugow, told the media.
Interior Affairs and National Security minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled, sent a message of condolence to ASWJ leadership and the deceased’s family.
Sheikh Hefow was one of the founders of the moderate Islamic movement that fervently opposed the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab in Central Somalia.
ASWJ was the first militia grouping that broke the taboo associated with the invincibility of Al-Shabaab when it chased the fanatical Islamists from several towns including Abudwaq, Guri’el and Dusamareb in Galgadud region and Mataban in Hiran region.
Your take on Oscar Pistorius' five-year jail sentencespeak out
Read Story: Your take on Oscar Pistorius' five-year jail sentence
- Two Kenyans admit stealing $3.1 million from US schools
- Oliver Mtukudzi discloses HIV status
- Meet Kenya's richest 25
- The girl who met Gaddafi 'in hell'
- Kenya's super rich billionaire's club
- Somalia likely to have large oil deposits - report
- France 'against life presidency' in Burkina Faso
- ‘I survived Ebola to help others fight the disease’
- President misses Zambia's Golden Jubilee fete
- Kenya assembler starts building 'Africa’s cheapest car'