reports about the tense situation in Gedo Region [western
Somalia] say at about 2.30 p.m. yesterday, a group of militiamen
loyal to a splinter faction within the SNF [Somali National
Front] that had been working with Ethiopian forces, armed
with two battle wagons, surrendered to the forces opposed
to the presence of foreign troops in Gedo Region.
who surrendered numbered 46 and were sent the day before yesterday
to put up a road block near a place called Carro-Case, about
30 km from Beled Hawo towards the direction of Garbahaarey
after reports emerged that a delegation led by the aviation
minister in the interim government, Abdi Guled, was on its
way to Beled Hawo.
who surrendered were led by Col Usman Haji Ahmad and belonged
to the SNF faction led by Col Bihi. They were yesterday warmly
welcomed in Garbahaarey where the aviation minister is currently
who fled the town the day before yesterday fearing an attack
by Ethiopian troops also returned.