2 July 2009

Somalia: Fighting Kills Seven, Injures More Than 30 in North Mogadishu

Mogadishu — At least 7 people have been killed and more than 30 others have been injured after clashes between the government soldiers and the Islamist forces started in the north of the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials told Shabelle radio on Thursday.

Sheik Mose Abdi known as (Arale), a spokesman of the Islamic organisation of Hisbul Islam told Shabelle radio that the fighting started when their forces were attacked by the government soldiers backing by AMISOM in parts of Karan district in the north of the capital.

residents said that both sides of the fighting used heavy weapons during the fighting that started on Thurday fighting in north of the Somali capital Mogadishu

Sheik Arale siad that they took over the control of Marino and Jiro-Wa'abudan neighbourhoods in Karan district addign that they are currently near at Golobal hotel in Mogadishu.

we had tried to contact with the transitional government officials to know more about fighting, but it was not possible for us to get any comment from them.

reports say that most of the people died in the fighting were civilians as the woundedpeople were rushed to hospitals in Mogadishu.

Ali Muse, an emergency traffic official confirmed to Shabelle radio that atleast 30 people were injured in the fighting saying that their vihecles took about 17 wounded people to a hospital while 13 others were taken by the BL cars in Mogadishu.

reports say that fighting spread further to neighbourhoods of Yaqshid district in the north of the capital as residents started fleeing from their houses

the clashes between the two sides follows other clashes between both sides in Mogadishu on Wednesday which left 15 dead and injured 42 others those are in the hospitals.

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