28 June 2009

Somalia: Fresh Fighting Starts in Mahaday Town

Mahaday — Fresh fighting between forces loyal to Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen and pro government Islamic Courts Union has started in El-baraf village in Mahaday town in Middle Shabelle region, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Sunday.

Reports from Mahahday town say that the war started early on Sunday morning after the pro government Islamic courts forces attacked Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen fighters in the El-baraf village in the Middle Shabelle region.

Residents said that the sound of heavy gun battle could be heard all the areas of the village as both sides exchanged heavy weapons in the fighting.

Journalists in the region said that Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen forces are controlling the village where the fighting started early on Sunday adding that the fighting stopped as the situation return calm now.

Locals said that there are casualties of deaths and injures adding that it was too difficult to confirm the figure due to the clashes.

There is no comment about the fighting from both the warring sides and the clashes follow several other confrontations between the two sides which continued in parts of Middle Shabelle region recently.

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