15 January 2009

Somalia: Blast Kills Six People in Bardhere Town

Mogadishu — At least 6 people have been killed and 2 others have been wounded in Bardhere town southwest Somalia when a blast targeted a car of a militia commander, witnesses told radio Shabelle on Thursday

Residents say the explosion was a remote controlled landmine and targeted the car of a militia commander, Yasim Dhere allied with the Ethiopian troops in the region.

Reports from the region say that at least 30 Ethiopian armed vehicles have crossed the border between Ethiopia and Somalia specially the side of Dolow town, Somali regional administration in Ethiopia.

On the other hand Al-shabab insurgent group claimed Thursday they killed 7 people in a fighting between Al-shabab and other armed militias in KM 50 Village in lower Shabelle region.

Residents say the fighting started after the morning prayers after armed militias have attacked a checkpoint manned by Al-shabab insurgents in KM 60 in Lower Shabelle region and both rival fighters have exchanged heavy gunfire during the fighting

Al-shabab officials said they have lost two of their fighters in the fighting and claimed they killed at least seven from the other side who attacked them, saying they captured many prisoners and battle wagons from them. Comments bout the fighting could not be verified.

It is the first fighting that took place in Lower Shabelle region since Al-shabab Islamist group have taken control the port town of Marka.

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