26 May 2009

Somalia: Military Maneuver Starts in Mogadishu

Somalia — A military maneuver has started in the neighborhoods of Derkenley district in the Somali capital Mogadishu after the Somali government deployed more of its troops near the Islamist military base in south of the capital overnight, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Tuesday.

Residents told Shabelle radio that the military movement came as Islamist fighters who are fighting against the Somali government withdrew from Galbeed police station in Derkenley district in south of the capital overnight which brought the government soldiers to be deployed near Galbeed police station in Medina district in south of Mogadishu.

Residents in the area said they feared the tension which arose in Medina district in Mogadishu and said that fighting could erupt between the two sides.

Reports say that the movement of the people and traffic between the street that connects Hosh, Galbeed police station and Tabakayo Madow neighborhoods was halted for the fear of fresh fighting starts between the two sides.

There is no word from the government about the troop movement and also from the Islamist forces against the transitional government.

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