16 June 2009

Somalia: Fresh Fighting Between Islamists And Government Soldiers Breaks Out in North Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Fresh fighting between Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen and government soldiers has broken out the north of the Somali capital Mogadishu, official told Shabelle radio on Tuesday.

Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage, the spokesman of Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen held a press conference for the media and claimed victory about the fighting started in Galgalato and El Adde in outskirts of the the north side of the capital.

The spokesman said that the fighting started after forces loyal to Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen attacked government soldiers those had bases in the long road that passes beside the coastline specially Galgalato and El Adde residences in the north of Mogadishu in early on Tuesday morning.

There is no comment from the transitional government about the fighting. But Sheik Ali Dere told the reporters that they took over the control of the warring zones and captured more battle wagons from the government soldiers during the fighting in north of Mogadishu today.

The real casualty of the fighting is yet unclear though reports from Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen officials say that they had killed some of the government soldiers in the fighting pointing out they used to commit crimes against the people.

Residents said that the sound of heavy gunfire could be head in all directions of the capital as both sides were using heavy gunfire early on Tuesday morning.

Independent reports say that there was no more casualties reached the civilians as the area where the fighting started was not residential place.

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