20 June 2009

Somalia: Fresh Fighting Restarts in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Heavy fighting between the transitional government soldiers and Islamist forces has restarted in Karan and Yaqshid districts in the north of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses told Shablle radio on Friday.

Residents say that the fighting restarted in parts of the Yaqshid and Karan districts neighbourhoods in north of the capiatla specially Jiro Wa'budan neighbourhood about 5:00 Mogadishu time as both sides exchanged heavy gunfire.

A resident woman told Shabelle radio that the sound of heavy weapon could be heard in all directions adding both sides were fighting around Karan Police station and Jiro Wa'budan neighbourhood in the north of the capiatl.

Reports say that Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen forces captured Karan police station and more other areas in Karan district from the government soldiers as bitter fighting is currently going on there.

On the other hand Ahmed Abdi Mohamed, a freelance journalist told Shabelle radio that the fighting between the government soldiers and the Islamist forces who were recently fought in north of the capital caused more casualties includign deaths and wound that reached the civilaians.

Locals in the the areas of the fighting say that at least 8 people were seperately wounded in the fighting between both sides thought it is unclear the real fighure died in the fighting.

The fighting between the Islamist forces and governmen soldiers follows other several clashes which both sides exchanged heavy gunfire that caused more casualties of the deaths and injured people who are still in the Mogadishu hospitals.

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