Somali Radical Sheikh Aweys: Dead or Badly Wounded After Fighting

June 7, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Unconfirmed reports from a family member claim radical Islamic rebel leader, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys is dead or badly wounded, after intense fighting on Friday between rebel forces and the pro-government militia for the control of Wabho town. Violent clashes erupted, when rebel groups attempted to overtake Wabho, leaving 123 dead.

A family member told Reuters on Sunday that Aweys was brought to his brother’s house with doctors and heavily armed guards in attendance, and the mood of the group suggested Aweys was dead.

A member of the government militia claimed his fighters shot Aweys during the insurgency in Wabho town on Friday, and he later died of wounds. However, a spokesman for the radical group, Hizbul Islam, denied the militia’s claims.

Aweys and his militant shari’a groups have been battling for control of Somalia since the 1990s, resulting in the deaths of 18,000 civilians and a lawless atmosphere where piracy has taken hold.

Just recently in May, Aways’ Group, Hisbul Islam together with the rebel group al-Shabaab and foreign fighters, attempted a failed coup of the government of President Shiikh Shariif Shiikh Ahmed.

During Friday’s fighting gunmen stormed the privately owned radio station Shabelle, killing the owner, Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe. Rumors are also circulating that the militia killed rebel leader, Hassan Turki.

Aweys’ militant groups are linked to al-Qaeda and the extreme Islamic Wahhabi movement and he is considered a terrorist by the United States.

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