Somalian groups agree to unite against AU forces

Somalia's two main armed opposition groups agreed a truce to end days of clashes between them in the south of the failed Horn of Africa state.

Somalian groups agree to unite against AU forces

Somalia's two main armed opposition groups agreed a truce on Wednesday to end days of clashes between them in the south of the failed Horn of Africa state.

Fighters from al Shabaab drove Hizbul Islam out of Kismayu port last week then the two fighter groups battled each other in surrounding districts.

On Tuesday, Hizbul Islam's leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys called for an end to the bloodshed.

On Wednesday, al Shabaab said Hizbu'l-Islam officials met on the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu and agreed three points.

"All conflicts, including what happened in Kismayu, must be resolved through dialogue," Hussein Ali Fidow, a senior al Shabaab official, told reporters, reading a joint statement.

"Any disputes in the future should be referred to a sharia court, and we should also continue our attacks together against the government and African Union peacekeepers." A Hizbul Islam commander confirmed the details of the deal.

Until last week's battle for Kismayu, the country's two main fighter movements had controlled Kismayu port and much of southern and central Somalia in an uneasy alliance.

Fighting in Somalia has killed 19,000 civilians since the start of 2007 and driven another 1.5 million from their homes.

Reuters
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