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By VOA NEWS

The leader of a Somali Islamist militant group told VOA Somali Service in an exclusive interview Saturday that his militants will keep fighting, even though the conflict has recently led to about 2,000 civilian deaths, and turned half-a-million Somalis into refugees in their own country.

Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, the leader of the militant group Hizbul Islam, said his fighters will keep battling the Somali government, and African Union peacekeepers in every possible way.

He defended tactics such as firing mortars from areas populated by civilians, saying “The Mujahid (holy warrior) is like a fish … the population is his water.” Aweys added, “The population acts like a shield and we operate out of them.” He also defended suicide attacks, calling them part of the resistance. (more…)

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