Garowe Online (Garowe)

12 August 2009

Somalia: Govt Forces Fight Each Other Again, 4 Killed

Mogadishu — The fighting started mid-day Wednesday around Mogadishu's Zoppe intersection after two groups of government forces opened fire on each other, witnesses said.

The warring sides, who were fighting for control of a key intersection, used assault rifles during the battle, but heavier weapons were later used.

At least four soldiers were killed and nearly 20 other people wounded, including civilians.

Local sources said the fighting soldiers were loyal to Somali national police chief, Gen. Abdi Qeybdiid, and Mogadishu's deputy mayor, Abdifatah Shaweye.

Neither official has publicly spoken about today's deadly battle.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2009 Garowe Online. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.