11 May 2009

Somalia: Kismayo Islamists Send Weapons, Fighters to Mogadishu War

Islamists in Somalia's southern port of Kismayo have declared that the ongoing war in the capital Mogadishu will not stop, Radio Garowe reports.

Sheikh Abubakar Sayli'i, the Al Shabaab-appointed mayor of Kismayo, told a Monday press conference that the group had sent weapons and fighters to reinforce the armed opposition fighting against Somalia's U.N.-endorsed interim government.

"The administration and people of Kismayo are not neutral in the Mogadishu war, because they support the Mujahideen [opposition fighters] who are against the fake government," Sheikh Sayli'i said.

He stated that the Al Shabaab administration in Kismayo sent fighters, weapons and vehicles to support opposition groups fighting in Mogadishu, where violence since Thursday has left upwards of 60 people dead and more than 100 wounded.

"The ongoing war is a just war...the war will not stop until the Mujahideen take over Mogadishu," the Al Shabaab mayor of Kismayo vowed.

Somalia's beleaguered interim government has lost territory in Mogadishu as the armed opposition advances towards the Villa Somalia presidential compound, where President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed calls home.

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