9 May 2009

Somalia: Fresh Fighting Starts in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Fresh fighting between pro- government Islamist forces and al-Shabab started around Stadium Mogadishu witness said on Friday.

The two sides fought in Mogadishu on Thursday. Residents told Shabelle Media the two sides have used heavy machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. It is yet unknown the casualties.

The interior minister of the Somali government Sheik Abdulkadir Ali Omar, said that anti peace groups have attacked bases of government soldiers in Mogadishu, but al-Shabab declared for the first time that they are fighting against what they called "Allah's enemy".

Sheik Ali Mohamed Hussein one of al-Shabab leaders said that Thursday's fighting was between al-Shabab fighters and what he called fighters of "Allah's enemy".

The fighting comes as clan elders called the two sides to stop the fighting and the situation of Mogadishu is unpredictable.

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