APNewsBreak: Somali militant group could split
Somalia's most powerful militant group is teetering on the brink of a major split because of a rift between its top two leaders, a feud that could erode the size and strength of the al-Qaida-aligned group.
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Somalia’s Al Shabaab Rebuffs Reports Of Leadership Feud
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October 8, 2010 1:57 p.m. EST
Topics: politics, unrest, conflicts and war, conflict, World
Abdi Hajji Hussein - AHN News Correspondent
Mogadishu, Somalia (AHN)- Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, Al Shabaab’s second-in-command, has rebuffed reports suggested there was a leadership dispute within Al Qaeda's proxy group in the Horn of Africa nation, particularly between himself and Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, Al Shabaab's top leader.
Speaking just after Friday’s congregational prayer in a mosque at the center of the capital city Mogadishu, Robow's comments were his first on rumors of possible disagreements between the top officials. He termed the reports baseless and groundless, accusing the Transitional Federal Government of disseminating propaganda against the hard line group.
“Let alone Al Shabaab to have been dismantled, it will declare new offensive uprooting AMISOM forces and their apostate government,” Robow was quoted as saying.
Saying he was sending a message to Al Qaeda leaders, particularly Osama bin Laden, Robow said, "your students in Somalia are united.” He referred to Bin Laden as "our leader."
Somali government officials recently said a big leadership feud had broken out within Al Shabaab, stating because of the reported dissension, government and African Union troops have managed to penetrate into new Islamist insurgents’ positions in Mogadishu.
The officials signaled that Robow had pulled his clan fighters from Mogadishu after he clashed with Zubeyr.
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