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According to locals in Dolo, the two men were arrested due to a conflict with Ethiopian troops over the fight against al-shabaab militias.
The conflict arose when the two chairmen proposed to begin fighting against al-shabaab in Bakol region, while the Ethiopian troops are supporting the fight against al-shabaab in Gedo region. When they couldn't agree, Ethiopia ordered the two chairmen and their forces to take part the fighting in Gedo rather than Bakol.
One of the government troops in Dolo said an Ethiopian officer claimed that the two men have a secret relationship with al-shabaab, however, Somalia Report could not confirm this allegation.
It is not the first time the Ethiopian troops in Dolo arrested officials from the TFG. They recently arrested former defense minister Barre Aadan Shire Hiiraale who is currently member of the Somali Parliament.