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Vol 54 No 14

Published 5th July 2013


Aweys at bay, Madobe on top

President Hassan Sheikh’s government woos Al Shabaab’s Sheikh Aweys but is openly defied by Ahmed Madobe in Kismayo

Whether Sheikh Hassan Dahir ‘Aweys’ last week defected or escaped from Al Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen was still unclear as Africa Confidential went to press but more details were emerging. Heavy fighting continued in Kismayo as government intelligence officers interrogated the man often seen as Somalia’s top Islamist leader but, said sources on the ground, these events were unrelated.

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