7 May 2009

Somalia: Fighting Between Al-Shabab And Islamic Courts Union is Continuing in Mogadishu

Somalia — At least two people were killed and three others were wounded in fighting between al-Shabab and the Islamic Courts Union in Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle Media on Thursday.

The fighting stared after an officer from al-Shabab escaped assassination attempt early on Thursday and one of his security guards was killed when he was attacked in Black sea junction in Mogadishu.

Islamic Courts Union officer was seriously wounded and his security guard was killed in the same area on Tuesday.

Al-Shabab admitted that one of their fighters was killed and another one was injured in the attack.

Uniformed fighters form al-Shabab were deployed in 30 street and the fighting between the Islamic Courts Union and the Shabab started. Different kinds of weapons are being used in the fighting. The sounds of gunfire can be heard in parts of the capital.

There is no word from the Somali government which the Islamic Courts Union supports. Al-shabab was the military wing of the Islamic Courts Union in 2006 before they were ousted by the Ethiopian troops.

Al-Shabab vowed fighting against the new government led by their former chairman president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, but the Islamic Courts Union decided to work with the government.

On the other hand, Dr. Omar Iman one of the Islamist leaders called for the warring sides to stop the fighting and be sympathetic to the civilians in the areas they are fighting.

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