Yesterday, gunmen attacked Dhusamareb's deputy police commandant. One civilian was killed in the minutes-long gun battle with police, according to the town's police chief. [ Full story]
Inside sources in Dhusamareb said the Ethiopian troops' arrival coincides with emerging reports that a group of people, including reporters, were preparing to depart from the town en route to
The group that includes delegates plans to participate at a "reconciliation conference" organized by opponents of the Ethiopia-backed interim government in
Fearing Ethiopian arrests, the group postponed their secretive trip to Eritrea, the sources said. Ethiopian military officers met with clan elders and local government officials in Dhusamareb to discuss security arrangements.
The Somali government's opponents, who live in exile in
The rival conference in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, is supposed to unite leaders of the Islamic Courts movement who were ousted from Mogadishu by the Ethiopian army last year, as well as members of the so-called "Free Parliament" composed of dissident lawmakers.
Source: Garowe Online