Somalia: Al Shabaab Asks Muslim Group to Join Their Movement

Garowe Online (Garowe)

10 January 2012

Mogadishu — Al Shabaab has asked the Tabliqi group to join their fight against AMISOM and the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) after a shelling of a Tabliqi mosque Al Hidaya in Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports.

Al Shabaab official Sheikh Abdiqadir Mumin who spoke to Al Shabaab run radio said that the two sheikhs that died in clashes Saturday are not the only Tabliqi sheikhs that will be targeted. He added that AMISOM is responsible for the killing of those sheikhs and the shelling of the Tabliqi mosque Al Hidaya in Mogadishu.

Sheikh Mumin asked the followers of that mosque to join up with Al Shabaab and to fight against “invaders” from African countries, like Uganda and Ethiopia.

Tabliqi Islamist movement is well-known for sending sheikhs to Somali towns and villages to talk about Islam and to educate the Muslim people. The Tabliqi group is not known to enter politics, unlike Al Shabaab extremist group which adheres to a different interpretation of Islam.

Al Shabaab fighters have been pushed out of major towns in southern and central Somalia since withdrawing from Mogadishu last August, 2011.

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