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ICC NOTE: In conjunction with this recent expansion near the border of Ethiopia , there have been other news reports of Somali Islamists attacking Christian refugees that are attempting to flee into Kenya . Please pray for this precarious situation in the Horn.

Somali Islamists expand control near Ethiopian border

For the full article go to: The Sudan Tribune

Monday 2 October 2006.

Oct 1, 2006 (NAIROBI) — Fighters of Somali Islamic Courts have seized control of a strategic village in the agriculturally rich area of Lower Shabelle near the Ethiopian border, reports said on Sunday.

Fighters loyal to the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts (SCIC) group routed pro-government militia from the village of Jawill , some 15km from the Ethiopian border on Saturday. The only roads between Ethiopia and central Somalia pass through the village.

SCIC senior leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has vowed to seize more territories.

The Saturday’s takeover is the SCIC’s second major territorial gain in nearly a week, following last Sunday’s takeover of the southern port city of Kismayo .

The SCIC have gradually expanded their influence over Somalia since defeating warlords in a battle for the capital, Mogadishu , in June.