14 July 2009

Somalia: Islamist Forces Sent to Mogadishu

Bardere — The Islamic administration of Bardere town in Gedo region have said on Tuesday that they sent more forces to Mogadishu, just day after heavy fighting between the transitional government troops and Islamist forces in the capital.

The Islamic administration officials said that they deployed more fighters to Mogadishu to join other forces in the capital to take part the fighting between the Islamist forces and government soldiers backing by the African Union troops AMISOM which is going on the Mogadishu.

Abdiwahab Xashi Hassan, a chairman of the Bardere administration told Shabelle radio that they had decided to assault the TFG and foreign troops to take over the control of the small areas they are in the capital pointing out that some of the fighters had left from parts of Gedo and Middle Jubba regions in the south of the country and reached Mogadishu declining to mention the number.

"The fighting continuing in Mogadishu is Jihad (an Islamic war) against the aggression and the enemy of Allah," Abdiwahab said.

There has been a military movement in parts of Gedo region as Balad-Hawo, Luq, and Bardere towns in southern Somalia in over the past few days.

The statement of Bardere town leader comes as there has been heavy fighting between the Islamist forces and government soldiers with AMISOM forces in the north of capital that caused more casualties of deaths, injuries and loss properties.

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