Monday, 15 March 2010

Back to Google News Somali government, Ahlu Sunna faction sign pact

ADDIS ABABA — Somalia's transitional government (TFG) and a faction of the country's moderate Ahlu Sunna Sufi sect signed a deal Monday to jointly fight extremist elements in the country.
The two sides agreed to "fight terrorism, to jointly combat extremist ideology that is alien to Somalia (and) to integrate forces," according to an African Union official.
The agreement was signed by Sheikh Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden -- one of Somalia's deputy prime ministers -- and Sheikh Mohamud Moalim Hassan, presented by Ethiopian sources as Ahlu Sunna's "spiritual leader.
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