21 April 2009

Somalia: Fighting Between Islamist Factions Kill Four People

Mogadishu — At least four people were killed and seven others were wounded in fighting between two Islamist groups in Abdalla Birole village about 40 km west of Kismayo, witnesses and clan elders told Shabelle Media on Tuesday.

Hassan Hafow, a clan elder in the area said Mu'askar Raskamboni and Muaskar Anole, two Islamist groups ,fought in Abadalla Birole after Anole fighters invaded from a near by Village called Bulo Haji when the fighters of the other group arrived in Abdalla Birole as he said.

But there are no comments from the groups that involved in the skirmish.

Residents said the warring sides used heavy weapons and machine guns and many people started to flee from the fighting areas.

The situation of the two towns, Abdalla Birole and Bulo Haji is reportedly tense.

The wounded people were taken to Kismayo hospitals in Lower Jubba region in southern Somalia.

Separately, at least two people have been killed and six others were injured after Somali government soldiers opened fire to a civilian mini bus in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday.

One of the passengers who survived from the incident told Shabelle radio that two battle wagons of government soldiers opened the fire when the mini bus collided one of the government vehicles.

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