6 May 2009

Somalia: Opposition 'Pours Weapons Into Mogadishu'

Somali opposition factions are pouring heavy weaponry into the capital Mogadishu, where African Union peacekeepers (AMISOM) are helping prop up a weak interim government, Radio Garowe reports.

Military sources and residents in Mogadishu said missiles, armed trucks and munitions have been transported to the capital over the past two days.

Heavy weapons were seen entering Mogadishu from Daynile district, located in the outskirts of the capital. Some of the weaponry was stationed in the district and other weapons were spread out to opposition strongholds in Mogadishu, the sources added.

It is not clear where the weapons are coming from, but insiders speculated that the weapons are arriving from Lower Jubba and Lower Shabelle, both regions under the control of Al Shabaab.

A source close to Hizbul Islam, another opposition faction, said the armed group is "preparing for all-out war" against AMISOM peacekeepers and the Somali interim government.

The arrival of heavy weapons in Mogadishu comes on a week Somali government officials have accused the Eritrean government of transporting a planeload of weapons to a military airstrip in Lower Shabelle region.

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