22 June 2012

Somalia: Gov't Forces Clash With Al Shabab in Elasha Biyaha,South Mogadishu

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Members of militia Al Shabaab (file photo).

Elasha Biyaha — At least one person was killed and several others have been injured in an Al shabab attack on Somali government troops in Elasha Biyaha neighborhood, on the southern outskirt of Mogadishu, reports said.

Eyewitnesses said the fighting erupted after fighters from Al shabab ambushed on Somali military pick-ups en route to Afgoye district, 30 kilometers south of Mogadishu, killing Afrah Ali Afrah, the police chief in Elasha Biyaha area.

Military sources confirmed to Shabelle Media the death of the chief Mr. Afrah, adding that the took place after the Somali army convoy came under ambush attack during their travel to Afgoye district to supply logistics to the troops in the town.

The situation has returned into normal and the area is now under full control of Somali government forces.

No Al shabab official was available for comments on the attack.

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