The two rebel groups of Somalia, Al-Shabaab and Hizbul-Islam officially join together after a highly decorated ceremony in the Afgoye district, organized by the extremist group, Al-Shabaab. Somalia. 21/12/2010
The uniting ceremony was held inside a fruit farm in the Afgoye district with the decoration of the Al-Shabaab flag at the place where the occasion was taking place, and all the participants were given a coconut as a drink. The local residents of Afgoye district were forced to attend this ceremony as to witness the union of the two rebel groups.
Senior leaders of the Somalis extremist group Al-Shabaab, the leader of the Somali rebel group Hizbul-Islam, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys and the local residents were present at the uniting ceremony, Sheikh Hassan who made speech at the unification ceremony told that he backed the decision his group to join up with al Qaeda-linked insurgent group, Al- Shabaab in their struggle to topple the power from the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.
Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, who had strongly criticized in the previous times the Islamist group Al- Shabaab for their unlawful actions and also their relations with the Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, welcomed publicly for the first time the union of the two groups and promised that they will jointly increase their attacks against TFG forces and the African Union peace keeping troops in Mogadishu.
"I am very pleased with the unification of the two Somalia's Islamists groups," Aweys told reporters in Afgoye, a 30 km district in southern Mogadishu, and also he said in his speech “I’m extremely urging Somali Islamists to double their Islamic holy war (Islamic Jihad) against their rivals and to impose on the whole city the Islamic Sharia Law to be under the control of a Islamic System, which is against any kind of western ideologies and democracy” as he said in his speech.
Al-Shabaab and Hizbul-Islam have repeatedly fought together against the troops of the Somali government and the African Union peace keeping troops in Mogadishu, but they were also rivals and they have been controlling separately in some areas of the capital city, Mogadishu and southern regions of Somalia but now the two groups have publicly joined their powers together and become one militant group entitled together Al-Shabaab, and completely dropping away Hizbul-Islam which meant “The Party Of Islam”.