Deadly Clashes Erupt In Parts Of Middle Shabelle Between Local Militias And Al-Shabaab
Fierce clashes have been reported in parts of the Middle Shabelle region between armed villagers and Al-Shabaab militants. The clashes in Masaajidka Ali Guud and nearby areas that fall under Adan Yabal district in Middle Shabelle, involved the self-mobilized militias, better known as Ma'awisley (un-uniformed) and Al-Shabaab. Up to four Al-Shabaab fighters were killed in the attack, while Ma'awisley’s commander, Hibad Ali Dasar, was killed in the confrontation. A video featuring Hibad was released weeks ago calling on the local people to continue their fight against the militants. It also asked the Federal Government to support Hibad’s militias fighting to protect their livestock and children from the Al-Shabaab militants. The Ma'awisley militias revolted against the militants following Al-Shabaab's increased crimes against the local people, such as imposing zakat, forceful recruitment of local youth into Al-Shabaab among other atrocities. The local communities in villages near Adan Yabal accordingly mobilized themselves and waged war against the militants, and asked the federal government to support them in the fights against the militants.