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Militia Orders Islamic Rules for Foreign Agencies
[July 23, 2009]

Militia Orders Islamic Rules for Foreign Agencies

Nairobi, Jul 23, 2009 (The Nation/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- Somali militant group Harakat Al Shabaab Al-Mujahideen has issued a decree which calls for all foreign agencies and humanitarian organisations to be registered based on an Islamic criteria.

The Militant group Department of Political affairs and regional administrations said on the decree send to diplomats, NGOs and foreign agencies will be informed of the conditions and restrictions on their work and how their work may continue.

"Any NGO or foreign agency found to be working an agenda against the Somali Muslim people or against the establishment of Islamic state will be immediately closed" the statement reads.

The group also accuses western nations, who donate for Somalia's peace and relief efforts.

The group said the fund is to oppress and massacre Somali Muslim people.

Recently, a Somali Islamic militia group closed down three United Nations offices in Somalia.

The militia group controls most of Somalia and has declared Islamic states in some of the regions.

Massive shelling Meanwhile, massive exchange of shelling continued as pro-government forces and the AU peacekeepers, Amisom, in Mogadishu responded to attacks and fire from Islamist groups.

The shelling mostly affected parts of Hodon District in South Mogadishu and Wardhigley District in downtown Mogadishu.

At least 15 people died and over 50 wounded have been taken to Madina, Daynile and Isaleey hospital, according to ambulance services in the city. Neither the Transitional Federal Government nor the Islamists have commented on the deadly battles and shelling.

Elsewhere in parts of Hiran and Galgadud regions in Central Somalia, huge confrontations between Al-Shabaab fighters and followers of Ahlu Sunna wal-Jamea, a moderate Islamist group, caused deaths and injuries. Gobo village and surrounding areas in Hiran region was the scene of battles on Wednesday that later spread to other areas like Bila'ale in Hiran region and Wabho village in Galgadud.

Initial reports from Central Somalia indicate death of over 13 people and scores injured. Al-Shabaab, the Islamist group strongly opposing the TFG, accused Ahlu Sunna wal-Jamea for the attack and claimed victory in the latest confrontations in Central Somalia.

There are reports of enormous displacement of the inhabitants in the affected villages, especially at Gobo.

Through a teleconference today, Sheikh Ali Mohamud Raghe, the spokesman of Al-Shabaab, has labelled Ahlu Sunna wal-Jamea, a moderate Islamic sect that is dominated by Sufiya sub-sect, being an Ethiopian puppet. "This group armed by the enemy has suffered a defeat and we captured arms and ammunitions from their forces," remarked Sheikh Raghe.

"Their beaten force run to Guri'el (a town 450 km north of Mogadishu)," added Sheikh Raghe. Ahlu Sunna wal-Jamea, an ally of the TFG, released no official statement mainly due to poor communications from the remote areas.

In most cases, unarmed civilian suffer most when groups fight in Somalia.

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