3 June 2009

Somalia: Government Claims Victory Over Fighting in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Somali government has claimed victory over fighting with Islamist insurgents in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials said on Wednesday.

Fierce fighting between government soldiers and Islamist insurgents has been continuing in the capital for the last three weeks.

At least 25 people have been killed and more than 70 people, mostly civilians, have been injured on Tuesday and Wednesday's fighting.

The information minister of the Somali government, Farhan Ali Mohamoud, held a press conference in Mogadishu and said that the government soldiers gained victory over the fighting in the capital and captured two police stations from the rebel forces.

The minister said Hisbul Islam and Harakat Al Shabab fighters took off their clothes and ran away to far regions in the country and that some of them were planning to surrender.

He also condemned the gunmen who abducted Universal TV journalist in Mogadishu. Ibrahim Jekey, the director of Universal TV office in Mogadishu was kidnapped by masked gunmen armed with pistols late on Tuesday in KM 13 village outside Mogadishu.

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