Somalia attack Ahlu Sunnah fighters to flush out its key towns

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Government forces and Galmudug regional troops launched an offensive against Ahlu Sunnah fighters in several fronts on Saturday in the town of Guriel in central Somalia, in what is likely to be a long and fiercely contested offensive.

The campaign, which began at dawn, brought together the army, Galmudug regional forces and members of local police.

Residents have fled over the past days after allied forces approached the town in multiple directions, triggering tensions with fighters of the Sufi, who have begun to set up defense lines in the town and mobilize for a new showdown.

Mortar shells fired by the group’s fighters struck positions of the allied forces on the outskirts of the town on Friday, in what was likely aimed to repel their advance, though casualties have not been immediately known.

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