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Puntland Refutes Claims It Supported Ahlu Sunna
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Puntland Refutes Claims It Supported Ahlu Sunna

Puntland state has refuted claims that it supported the Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a group in the fight against the government in Galmudug.

Mudug region governor Abdilatif Muse Nur (Sanyare) denied that Puntland supported Ahlu Sunna and termed it propaganda to tarnish Puntland image.

”Puntland has always helped Galmudug in the fight against Al-Shabaab and stands with the administration to weed out the militants in the region,” said Abdilatif Sanyare.

The response by Puntland state comes amid reports the leader of Sufi Muslim group Ahlu Sunna, Sheikh Mohamed Shakir fled to Puntland.

On Tuesday, Galmudug leader Ahmed Qoorqoor claimed some regional administrations and foreign countries were behind the return of Ahlu Sunna Waljamaa.

Ahlu Sunna fighters have on Wednesday vacated Guriel town after four days of fierce fighting with Somali government forces.

The last Saturday fighting which continued until Wednesday days reportedly claimed the lives of more than 120 people including combatants and wounded over 400 others.

The United Nations (UN) said Guriel fighting displaced over 100,000 people, many of whom are women and children.

 

 

 

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