Somalia: Militias retain control of Guri'el after deadly battle


MOGADISHU, Somalia Feb 11, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Militias loyal to the paramilitary group of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamea have again wrested control of Galgadud region town of Guri'el after deadly battle with government forces, Garowe Online reports. 

National Army troops reportedly attacked the town from different directions in a bid to squeeze heavily armed militias out of the strategic town on Thursday Morning.

At least six deaths form the opposing sides have been reported, with residents saying Guri'el remains under the control of Ahlu Sunnah militiamen. 
Mogadishu-based central government officials didn't comment on the latest development. 

On Tuesday, Ahlu Sunnah militias dislodged government troops from the town as debates over the formation of federal state in central Somalia heat up. 

Galmudug, Ahlu Sunnah and Himan and Heeb agreed on push for regional autonomy during trilateral meeting in Mogadishu in July 2014. 


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