6 October 2012

Somalia: Govt Soldiers Clash With Al Shabab in Gedo Region

Garbaharey — A fierce fighting between somali forces and Al shabab fighters reported flared up again in the south-western volatile region of Gedo, leaving scores of people dead, officials said.

Jamal Hassan Farah, the Somali army chief in Garbaharey town, the provincial capital of Gedo, told Shabelle Media that the combat erupted overnight when Al shabab agents armed with rocket-propelled launchers and machine-guns attacked army bases in the city.

"They [Al shabab] attacked with mortars on our bases sparking face-to-face clashes, causing heavy losses on both warring sides during the fighting," a local resident said.

No Al shabab official has mad any comments on the attack.

Families have been "forced to move from one town to another and from one village to another during the past few months", because of the repeated clashes between Somali forces and Al shabab militants.

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