10 December 2009

Somalia: Fighting Rocks Mogadishu, Seven Dead

Heavy fighting between government forces and rebel fighters have killed at least 7 people and injured more than 11 others in Somalia's chaotic capital Mogadishu.

The clashes started in the capital's Abdiaziz district where forces loyal to rebel Hizbul Islam group fired missle to government troops' vehicle, leading to heavy gun battle that killed the seven people, mostly combatants.

Sheikh Mohammed Osman Arus, a spokesman for Hizbul Islam claims that they have killed four government soldiers, however the government side was not available for comments.

The restive seaside capital has been wrecked by deadly clashes between rebel fighters and government troops backed by AU troops in recent months.

Somali powerful militants are bent on overthrowing fragile UN-backed transition government, which controls little more than a few blocks of Mogadishu.

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