21 May 2009

Somalia: Four Killed in Fighting Between Islamists

Jowhar — At least four people have been killed in fighting between pro government Islamic Courts Union and Hisbul Islam rebels in Mahaday town about 23 km north of Jowhar, witnesses said on Thursday.

Residents said the fighting started after Islamic Courts Union attacked the town late on Wednesday.

The pro government Islamists have reportedly captured a battle wagon from Hizbul Islam group. Three combatants of the two sides were killed in the skirmish.

Witnesses in Mahaday said Hisbul Islam rebels killed one civilian in the town on Thursday morning and the reason behind his killing is not known.

Hisbul Islam captured Mahaday on Monday a day after that their al Shabaab allies captured Jowhar, the home town of Somali president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed.

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