The moderate Islamist group, Ahlu Sunna Waljamaa who carried out an attack on Guriel town, has claimed victory over the federal government forces who withdrew from the town.
Ahlu Sunna Waljamaa’s spokesman, Abdinoor Mohamed Hussein speaking to Goobjoog FM state denied that they invaded the town but termed the fighting as retrieving their lost town.
“Guri-El town used to be our military base and we have been ruling this town for seven years therefore we recaptured our garrison” Abdinoor said.
The spokesman highlighted that situation the town has returned to normal after the fighting and people resumed their activities.
“We restored the peace in town, it is under our control and other side fled away and I don’t think they will be back, God willingly” Mr. Hussein said.
Mr speaking about the casualties of battle, he stated that they lost two soldiers to the fighting and some of their soldiers sustained minor injuries.
Alternatively latest reports from the area indicate that the fighting has caused death toll of 12 people while 35 others got injured.