6 June 2009

Somalia: Death Toll Increases in Wabho Town Fighting

Wabho — Reports from Wabho town in Galgudud region say that the death toll of yesterday's fighting increased as the both of the warring sides claiming victories over the conflict, officials said on Saturday.

Reports say that at least 40 people including the warring sides and civilians were killed and more than 60 others were injured in the fighting between forces loyal to the allied Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen, Hisbul Islam and Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a organization.

Most of the injured people were taken to hospitals in Da'da, Elbur and Guri'el town in Galgudud region in central Somalia.

Many of residents had fled from their houses during the fighting and reached faraway into the jungle to be saved from the gun battle.

It yet unclear the real group who is controlling Wabho town due to lack of telecommunications in the town as the spokesmen from both rival fighters claimed victory about the fighting saying that each side has the upper hand of war.

Reports from Galgudud region say that the situation of the town is calm now.

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