1 December 2009

Somalia: Warring Sides Claim Victory Over Dawn Fighting in Mogadishu

The two warring sides of the Islamists and TFG have claimed victory over heavy fighting that started early on Tuesday morning at parts of Warshadaha Street in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials told Shabelle radio.

Residents near Kulliyadda building said that bitter clashes between forces of Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen and the transitional government soldiers backing by AMISOM broke out in parts of Warshadaha street in Mogadishu as some of the government troops made military movement around the area.

The fighting between the two sides continued about an hour and both rivals exchanged heavy weapons and shelling during the fighting.

High officials of Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen told Shabelle radio that the war started after the TFG and AMSOM troops made military movement which caused their fighters to attack them saying that they took over positions of the soldiers for limited time adding that they had killed 12 soldiers in the fighting.

On the other hand Dahir Ali Farey, one of the government troops' officials involving the conflict said that the fighting broke out as the Islamist fighters attacked their bases pointing out that they killed 4 fighters in the war pointing out that one of their soldiers was wounded as the clash continued.

The real casualties of the fighting are unclear except the claim of officials of Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen and the transitional government and the fighting follows a string of clashes between the two warring sides in Mogadishu.

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