Top Somali Islamist flown to Mogadishu 'after split'

Sun, 2013-06-30 09:31 by admin

A top Islamist in Somalia, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, has arrived in the capital Mogadishu amid reports of a split in the al-Shabab group.

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He was flown from the northern town of Adado, escorted by government security forces, but it is unclear whether he has surrendered or defected.

The United Nations says he gave himself up to government allies after infighting but clan elders deny this.

Mr Aweys is considered a terrorist by the UN and the United States.

Regarded as the elder statesman of Somali Islamists, he has been on a US list of people "linked to terrorism" since shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

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