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Somali forces arrest Islamist leader in Mogadishu

Somalia Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys speaks at a news conference in Mogadishu on May 26, 2009. Somali security forces have arrested the veteran leader at Mogadishu airport, police said.

Somalia Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys speaks at a news conference in Mogadishu on May 26, 2009. Somali security forces have arrested the veteran leader at Mogadishu airport, police said.  (AFP/File)

Somali security forces have arrested veteran Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys at Mogadishu airport, police said on Sunday.

"There was a big argument that turned into a fist fight between the security forces who arrested Sheik Aweys and members of the delegation accompanying him who resisted the arrest," a senior police officer told AFP of the arrest on Saturday.

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