25 December 2010

Somalia: Heavy Fighting, Shelling Restart in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Heavy fighting and shelling between Somali government forces backed African Union peacekeepers known as AMISOM and Al shabaab fighters early Saturday morning took place in parts of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, killing at least two persons and injuring more than five others.

Residents said the confrontations, which commenced with heavy gin-fire and artillery barrages, broke out after Al Shabaab, which announced its adherence to Al Qaeda, launched hit and run attack on military bases by AMISOM and Somali forces in Bondhere, a district in northern sea-side Mogadishu.

Some of the exchanged bombardments hit very far away from battle-zones, according to locals.

Witnesses confirmed Shabelle that the wounded civilians were taken to the local hospitals for treatment.

However, this confrontation comes as Al Shabaab movement on Thursday announced it will increase attacks on what it described as apostate Somali government and invading African crusaders after Hizbul Islam and Al Shabaab officially united under Al Shabaab movement's name.

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