11 May 2009

Somalia: Sporadic Fighting in Parts of Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Sporadic fighting between government soldiers and Islamists is going on in parts of Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle Media on Monday.

The sound of gun fire could be heard in Wardhigley, Yaqshid and Hodan districts in Mogadishu. Reports say that government soldiers have also exchanged gun fire near the presidential palace.

Jalle Siyad Academy, a base of Burunidan troops from African Union troops was attacked on Monday morning. No casualty has been reported yet.

Government soldiers and Islamist rebels have also exchanged gun fire in Fagah intersection in Yaqshid district in the north of the city.

The exchange of gun fire between the soldiers of the government and Islamists against it comes after a day that the rebels took control of large areas in the capital.

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