14 May 2009

Somalia: Clashes Erupt in Mogadishu

Somalia — Heavy fighting between Islamists and government soldiers has erupted in Sinaay and Jardinka areas in north Mogadishu, witnesses said on Thursday.

Residents said the fighting started early on Thursday in areas that the two sides have been fighting for the last eight days in the capital.

The sound of gun fire could be heard in the area and people are fleeing from their homes for the eight day in Mogadishu.

On the other hand, fighting between al-Shabab and allied Islamic Courts Union and Ahlu Sunna Waljma'a has taken place overnight in Yasoman village about 50 km east of Bulobarde town in Hiraan region in central Somalia.

It is not exactly known the causalities but some reports indicate that 1 person has been killed and four others have been injured in the fighting.

Officials from the Islamic Courts Union whom Shabelle Media contacted said they were part of the fighting and added they attacked convoy of al-Shabab in the area.

Shabelle Media could not reach al-Shabab officials for comment. The fighting in Mogadishu seems to spark in central Somalia where Islamist factions have been fighting since the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops in December, 2008.

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