9 July 2009

Somalia: Fresh Fighting Breaks Out in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Fresh fighting between the transitional government soldiers and Islamist forces has broken out in Derkenley district in the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Thursday.

Residents said that the fighting started on Thursday morning in parts of the neighborhoods in Derkenley district in south as both sides are using heavy gunfire in the clashes.

It is unclear the real casualty of the war which caused more residents near where the clashes erupted to flee from their houses due to the shelling shelling between the two sides who are currently fighting there.

Derkenley is a large district in the south of the Somali capital Mogadishu and is where the two rival sides have military bases.

Locals said that there are some casualties reached both the warring sides, said that it could be confirmed the exact figure.

The fighting between the government soldiers and the Islamist forces comes as it is the last day of the (Amir) leader of Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen's ultimatum for the soldiers to surrender their weapon to the Islamist forces and leave the frontlines of the warring zones.

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