Ahlu Sunnah receives weapon-loaded planes

June 10, 2010

Two planes carrying weapons and ammunitions for Somalia’s pro-government militia, Ahlu Sunnah Wal-Jamaa has landed in Dhusamareb, the administrative capital Galgadud region in central Somalia.

The planes reportedly departed from neighbouring Ethiopia carrying arms including AK-47 rifles, Grenade Launchers and anti-aircraft missiles destined for the group’s stronghold.

According to sources, Ahlu Sunnah fighters secured the town’s airstrip where the planes landed while the telecommunication of the town was cut off for three days.

“There are plans to use these weapons to captures areas in Galgadud region that are currently not under our control,” said a senior Ahlu Sunnah official who requested not to be named.

Addis Ababa recently helped the militia inked power-sharing deal with the embattled UN-backed Somali government. The group is to get senior positions in the government, in return with support to fight radical insurgent groups.

Ahlu Sunnah controls some parts of central Somalia and constantly go into bloody battle with arch-rivals Hizbul Islam and Al-Shabaa, the two insurgent groups fighting to topple the government in Mogadishu.

source Garowe online