[dehai-news] allafrica.com: Somalia: Police Commander Surrenders to Insurgents

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From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Mon Dec 08 2008 - 10:19:08 EST

Somalia: Police Commander Surrenders to Insurgents

8 December 2008

Somalia - Captain Adan Mohamed Yusuf (Adan Bolis), the commander of Wadajir
district police station, surrendered to Al-shabab on Friday.

He held a press conference in Mogadishu and declared that he surrendered to
Al-shabab militants.

"The country is under occupation, that is why I have decided to join Islamic
fighters,"Captain Adan Said. There is no one that forced me to join
Al-shabab. He added.

The captain came with a pick up truck that Somali police use. The car was
marked with the Somali police logo.

He told reporters that he was going to work with the insurgents to free the
country from what he called occupiers.

Somali government soldiers often defect from the government and some of them
surrender to the insurgents.

Somali government soldiers do not get salaries and they often rob civilians.


Somalia: Al-Shebab Forms New Islamic Administration in Marka

8 December 2008

Marka - The Islamic insurgent group, Al-Shebab, has announced a new
administration on Saturday in Marka the provincial capital of Lower Shabelle
region 60 kilometres (36 miles) south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, our
correspondent reported.

Al-Shebab spokesman, Muqtar Robow Ali (Abu Mansur) addressed 100 people
including elders and business people and he called for the people of the
region to support the new administration.

Abu Mansur pledged the new administration would focus on reconciliation and
restitution of looted properties.

The governor of Lower Shabelle region was appointed to Sheik Abdirahman

Marka is a key entry point for food and aid workers into Somalia.

Islamic resistance forces control central Somali towns - Kismayu ,Qoryoley
and Bulo Marer .

Al-Shebab is the military wing of the Union of Islamic Courts, an Islamic
movement that ruled much of Somalia in the second half of 2006 and aims to
impose sharia law in Somalia.


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