Former Hizbul Islam leader, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys has launched a furious attack against the al Qaeda affiliated terror organization Harakat al Shabaab al-Mujahedeen based in Somalia. The clergy who is said to very radical accused the terror organization of assassinating his friend and former colleagues Ismail Haji Addow, Abdulkadir Gaamey and Ahmed Haji Abdirahim in Mogadishu.
In a new video, the Sheikh describe the al Shabaab terrorists as dishonest, ungrateful and shameful and callous of the group to kill the scholars as well as innocent civilians from mosques.
Sheikh Hassan was added to the US government’s list of terrorists in 2001 for heading the 90-member Shura Council of the Islamic Courts Union of Somalia that promoted radical Sharia laws. He is also among the radical leaders that direct the al Shabaab to take control of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu in 2006.
He was also an active member of the al Shabaab and supported Mukhtar Robow as the emir of the al Shabaab mostly serving as a spiritual leader to the militants.
Therefore his recent statement is an indicator that he has fallen out with the group and as such shaming their violent attacks especially against Muslims and unarmed civilians further highlighting the rift and imminent collapse of the al Shabaab caused by ideological differences within the ranks.