29 March 2010

Somalia: Heavy Confrontation Breaks Out in Mogadishu

Somalia — Heavy conformation between the transitional government troops backing by the African Union troops AMISOM has broken out in parts of the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing one, wounding 5, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Monday.

Sources said that the fighting between the two sides started at the war zones of Hawl-wadag and Hodan districts in the capita on Sunday evening adding that the sound of the gun battle could be heard all directions in Mogadishu

Reports said 5 people were injured as the clash between the government troops supporting by the AU soldiers and the Islamist forces those were reportedly using mortar shells that continued about an hour.

It is unclear the real casualties of the warring sides though the areas they were fighting were frontlines that the people had already displaced in Mogadishu.

On the other hand two people were wounded and another killed as unidentified armed group had hurled a grenade to government soldiers' position at Hamar-jajab district in Mogadishu according to locals in the area.

Another sources said that number of mortars were targeted to military bases of the transitional government soldiers at Hosh neighborhood at Derkenley district in south of Mogadishu, but no casualties were reported so far, though most of the movement of the traffic and people were halted due the bitter shelling.

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