(February 14, 2002) The current conflict
that has been reported in Bardheere is clearly orchestrated by the so-called
Transitional Government (Arta group) and their supporters the terrorist groups
Al-Itihad and its financial wing Al Barakaat. The central objective of this
group is to destabilize the Gedo region and then establish once again a safe
heaven for terrorists.
Arta group has been working tirelessly to destroy the Somali National Front (SNF)
and people of the Gedo region of Somalia. Arta group had this evil wish even
before they assumed their name in Arta. When the TNG came to Mogadishu it
focused its attention on Luuq, Beled-Xaawo and Doolow districts of Somalia.
In the past eighteen months, the Arta group initiated several overt and
covert campaigns to destroy SNF and its supporters. In
a provocative move in January 2001 Ina Salad Booy sent a delegation led by
Abdi Mohamed his Minister of Transportation a well-known Itihad member and a
naturalized Canadian citizen to Gedo. One
person was killed in the Garbaharey. By sending money and material to groups
formed by Arta group remnants of the defeated Al-Itihad started their
destructive activities. Then on March 30, 2001 the Aarta supporters
attacked the city of Beled Xaawo. However, they were soundly defeated.
Arta militias that are now brought from terrorist bases in Ras Kambooni and
Kisamayo to Bardheere are harassing, looting properties and raping women and
under aged girls. By its actions
the Arta group has proved beyond any doubt that it is a terrorist organization.
aggressive actions by the Arta and its terrorist supporters must be exposed
and combated. Therefore, we call on all our people to be aware of this
mischievous plan by Arta group and do everything possible to resist and foil
it. We will also hold responsible
the terrorist and their leaders for the killings of innocent people in
Baardheere and we will take all necessary steps to bring them to international