29 December 2011

Somalia: Fighting, Shelling Erupt in Capital Mogadishu

Mogadishu — Heavy fighting between Somali government soldiers backing by AU troops and Al-shabab militants took place overnight in parts of Somalia capital, Mogadishu, TFG official said on Thursday.

Omar Ja'fan, the district commissioner of Huriwa for TFG told Shabelle Media in an interview that Fighting and heavy artillery shelling between Somali government forces backed by African Union peacekeepers and Al Shabaab fighters erupted in many parts of his district in capital city of Mogadishu.

Witnesses said, the battle erupted overnight in Huriwa district, after heavy armed militants of Al-shabab launched an ambush offensive on several military bases for AMISOM and Somali government soldiers in area, causing unrevealed or mentioned casualties on both warring sides in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

"The overnight combat was not too big as exaggerated, we managed to bush back the attacking militants of Al-shabab on our military bases and civilians location in Huriwa district to destabilize civilians, and they were the remnants who are still hiding out in parts of Mogadishu." said Omar Ja'fan, the district commissioner of Huriwa for TFG.

Al-shabab has released any comments about the combat on Thursdays' night in Mogadishu so far.

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