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Somali authorities have handed over to Ethiopia a senior official of the ONLF rebel group, which is fighting for the secession of Ogaden from Ethiopia, the group

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Somali authorities have handed over to Ethiopia a senior official of the ONLF rebel group, which is fighting for the secession of Ogaden from Ethiopia, the group said.

Abdikarin Sheikh Muse, an executive committee member who lived in the Somali capital Mogadishu, was detained by security in Galkayo in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Galmudug state on August 23, the ONLF said in a statement. Quoting sources close to the Somali cabinet, it said the Somali government had “forcefully” handed over Abdikarin Sheikh Muse to Ethiopia without his consent in violation of U.N. convention relating to the status of refugees.

Ethiopian officials were not available for comment.

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) launched its bid for secession of the Somali Region, also known as Ogaden, in eastern Ethiopia in 1984. In 2007, Ethiopian forces waged a large-scale offensive against them after the group attacked a Chinese-run oil facility, killing 74 people.

Analysts say the rebels have since been severely weakened but are still able to launch hit-and-run attacks.

The region they operate may contain 4 trillion cubic feet of gas and major oil deposits, mining experts say. China’s GCL-Poly Petroleum Investments signed a production sharing deal with the government in late 2013 to develop two gas fields.

(Editing by Richard Balmforth)

Copyright 2017 Thomson Reuters.

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2 comments

  1. The region they operate may contain 4 trillion cubic feet of gas and major oil deposits, mining experts say.

    That is why barbaric UK want to dismantle Ethiopia. UK, you can never succeed in your wishes. UK shall face total collapse with the power of God.

  2. This is a fabricated one side story. On the breaking news that one of its comrades was dubiously led into a snare by traitors within the Somali regime, our kin and kits in Mogadishu have taken to the streets protesting the handover of their cousin who is a hero to millions. Right after the news reached its base our powerful liberation army has set out to liberate its people in the next two weeks. It is now just outside Jigjiga. The Woyane stooges have realized that their days are coming to an end therefore have chosen either to surrender or run for their lives. So far 30 thousand of them have surrendered and our victorious army is at the tail of those who fled. They better turn around and surrender because there will be no place for them to hide for our comrade-in-arms the mighty army of the G7 and OLF are entering the capital as we write this news. The 26 years of terror and tyranny are finally coming to a close for all of us to breathe freely. Ogadenia, Oromia and a new and cleansed Abyssinia People’s Democratic Republics are here soon. Rejoice!!!!

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