4 November 2009

Somalia: Fresh Fighting Breaks Out in Beledweyn Town

Fresh fighting between forces loyal the Islamist fighters of Hizbul Islam and the transitional government soldiers has broken out in out of Beledweyn town in Hiran region, witnesses and officials told Shabelle radio on Wednesday.

Reports say that the fighting started few minutes ago at Janta Kundishe Mountain in out of Beledweyn town in Hiran region as the Islamist fighters attacked the TFG soldiers in their base out of the town.

Both sides of the fighting are exchanging heavy weapons and most of the people in the town expressed concern the new clashes.

Sheik Muse Abdi Arale, the security secretary of Hizbul Islam whom we had contacted claimed victory over the fighting saying that they had forcibly routed the transitional government soldiers from Janta Kundishe adding that they inflicted more casualties during the fighting.

Sheik Arale said that the fighting started as their forces attacked the government soldiers in Janta Kundishe, the main base of the transitional government soldiers in Hiran region in central Somalia.

Salad Hared, a transitional government officer involving the fighting whom we had also contacted confirmed that the fighting is still continuing where 4 kilometers to Janta Kundishe disproving their troops had been routed from their base in the region.

Residents told Shabelle radio that they were very worried about the clash is going on heavily in all areas of the fighting in the region.

The real casualties of the fighting are unclear so far as the fighting is yet continuing in out of Beledweyn town in Hiran region in central Somalia.

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