A delegation of Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a officials led by Ma'alin Mahmud Shaykh Hasan Farah, the group's chairman, has departed from Dhuusa Mareeb, the headquarter of the Galguduud Region and headed for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Another delegation led by Shaykh Ibrahim Shaykh Hasan Gurey who was recently elected by a group that said it is has split from Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a in Cabuud Waaq has also departed from the town on their way to Ethiopia. Reports indicate that these two rival Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a groups have been invited by the Ethiopian government which is said to be planning to mediate in the conflict between them.
Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a is in control of a number of districts in Galguduud Region, central Somalia and fights the religious group, the Al-Shabab Movement which is also fighting both Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a and the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia [TFG]. Senior Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a officials leading the rival factions have not spoken to the media prior to their departure. This is the first time that such rival factions of the group have departed from the country separately ever since the group was first formed in 2008.