1 September 2009

Somalia: Heavy Fighting Kills Two and Injures 9 Others

Mogadishu — At least two people have been killed and nine others have been injured after heavy fighting with heavy shelling between government soldiers and Islamist forces in parts of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Tuesday.

Reports say that the fighting started early on Tuesday morning at around Sayidka intersection in the capital as the Islamist forces attacked bases of the transitional government soldiers, killing 2 and wounding 9 others there.

Witnesses told Shabelle radio that died people were students and all other injured ones were civilians and rushed to the hospitals in Mogadishu.

Residents started fleeing from their houses and expressing concern about the clashes of sides who used weapons with mortar shells during their fresh clashes.

The movement of the traffic, people and business in Bakara market, the biggest market in the capital and Makka al-mukaram Street were halted due to the bitter fighting between the transitional government soldiers and the Islamist fighters.

There is no comment about the fighting from both the rival sides who in the capital.

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