23 June 2009

Somalia: Sporadic Fighting Starts in North Mogadishu

Somalia — Sporadic fighting between the government soldiers and Islamist forces has started in the parts of Karan districts in the north of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Tuesday.

Witnesses told Shabelle radio that the fighting started early on Tuesday morning as both sides are using heavy gunfire near the police station of Karan district.

Three children were reported to have been injured as mortar shell landed near the police station of Karan district where the kids were at that time.

Locals say that the few people remained in the neighborhoods of Karan district started fleeing as the sporadic fighting between the two sides is going on in the parts the district.

Residents said that the situation is rather calm now as the sound gunfire could still be heard in the area where the fighting started today.

More people in including women and children could also be seen in the streets of the capital those fleeing from their houses in Karan district when they could not tolerate the weapon that the sides are using.

The sporadic fighting comes as there has been heavy fighting between the two sides which more people including civilians died during the fighting in over the past week.

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