Galmudug Plays Down Fears over ASWJ Sufi Group’s Possible Return to Power

Galmudug Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Authorities of central Somalia’s Galmudug state played down fears over ASWJ Sufi militias possible retun to power amid ongoing military movements, days after the federal government airlifted hundreds of troops to the region in an attempt to hold armed militias at bay from the state’s seat of power.

Regional nformation minister Ahmed Shire Falagle on Sunday said Galmudug had no fears about an attempt by the Sufi group to retake the region, a year after they had been wrested control from cities, including the region’s administrative capital, Dhusamareb.

Falagle’s remarks have come amid reports that ASWJ militias were mobilizing for war in rural areas in Galgadud region, days after their leadership accused the federal government and Galmudug authorities of failing to defeat the Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab, which has recently taken a number of towns in the state.

A video circulated online last week showed Sufi fighters with a number of military vehicles advancing towards the town of Dhusamareb, Galmudug’s seat of power, though they leaders did not whether they would fight to return to power in the restive region.

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