Somali opposition leader Aweys may be 'dead': Family

Somali opposition leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys is dead or seriously injured, a family member told Reuters on Sunday.

Somali opposition leader Aweys may be 'dead': Family

Somali opposition leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys is dead or seriously injured, a family member told Reuters on Sunday.

Aweys is an influential figure among the insurgents in Somalia, where he has headed various Islamist groups since the 1990s.

"We understand that Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys was brought yesterday to his brother's house opposite the football stadium," said the Aweys's family member.

"We were denied access but confirmed there were doctors in the area... The mood looks like he is dead. The whole area is surrounded by gunmen and there is no access," he added, of the house close to Mogadishu's football stadium.

A pro-government militia said its fighters shot Aweys during battles in Wabho town on Friday, and he died of wounds later. But Aweys's movement, Hizbul Islam, denied that as "propaganda."

There were also rumours among fighters that another leader, Hassan Turki had died

In one of the worst of the year, 123 people died in fighting for Wabho, mainly on Friday, between the joint forces of al Shabaab insurgents and Aweys's group, and the pro-government Ahla Sunna Waljamaca.


Reuters

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