13 May 2009

Somalia: Calm Returns to Central Town After Fighting That Killed Seven People

Beledweyn — Calm has returned to Mahas on Wednesday, a town in central Somalia after fighting between al-Shabab and local militias that killed at least seven people in the town late on Tuesday, Shabelle's Omar Kiyow reported on Wednesday from Beledweyn.

Locals told Shabelle Media that the situation of the town came to standstill, but there is fear that fighting could starts any time as the two groups regrouping.

Al-shabab officials told Shabelle radio that forces loyal to ICU attacked their base in Mahas town in Hiran region adding that the town is in their hand now.

Shabelle also tried to contact pro government Islamic Courts Union officials by telephone but was not possible to find them thought the phone and reports say that both rival forces are amassing reinforcement forces in and around the town.

It is unclear what the situation of Mahas town in central Somalia will remain though the two sides are still struggling the management of the town.

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