for the Somali National Front, Ibrahim Jama Hawle, told reporters
in Mogadishu that Ethiopian troops had picked up the Marehan
clan's traditional elder, Ugas Omar Ugas Hirsi, in Gedo, AFP
spokesman said he was abducted after he refused to attend
an Ethiopian-sponsored inter-Marehan conference in the Bulohawo
district in the south of Gedo region, bordering Ethiopia and
has accused Ethiopia of supporting and training the rival
Rahanweyn Resistance Army in Bay and Bakool regions.
possible the abduction was to stop Ugas Omar from visiting
Djibouti [for peace talks]," the spokesman said.