12 December 2010

Somalia: Clam Returns to Bur-Hakaba After One Day of Deadly Fighting

Bur-Hakaba — One after heavy battle between Harakt Al shabaab and Hizbul Islam, Clam is reported to have returned in Bur-hakaba, a district in Bay region in southern Somalia.

Reports from the town suggest that local residents started to flee from their homes fearing from another repeated clash among the Islamists in the area and avoiding the cross fire which two parts involved in the conflict could exchange when fighting.

An elderly man in the Bur-hakaba told Shabelle that the town is right now calm as it is under Al shabaab control, adding that most of the local inhabitants displaced homes.

On Saturday, for third time, Harakt Al shabaab and Hizbul Islam clashed over the control of Bur-hakaba about 110 KM southwest of Mogadishu, leaving 4 dead and 11 wounded.

In October 2009, Hizbul Islam and Al Shabaab battled for control of Kismayo in the Lower Jubba region where militants from Al Shabaab had taken control. Also early this year, the two groups clashed in the Hiran region in central Somalia, a region Al Shabaab now controls.

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