16 November 2012

Somalia: Heavy Fighting Renews in Southern Somalia

Mogadishu — Heavy fighting reportedly broke out Friday between Somali government soldiers and Al shabab fighters in rebel-held locations outside Baidoa, the third largest city in southern Somalia.

Official in Bay region say the battle sparked when government forces attacked bases controlled by Al shabab militants and the attacks lasted last night until on Friday morning.

"We could hear deafening sounds of mortar and artillery shelling used by the warring sides in Goofgaduud area located around Baidoa this morning. The fighting is between Somali forces and Al shabab. I can't confirm the exact casualties on either rival sides or civilians," said a resident in Goofgadud, who asked to be named for security reasons.

The situation is said to be calm after the combat stopped Friday noon, but the locals say the fighting could restart any time in the area since both sides stationed close positions and receiving reinforcement.

Copyright © 2012 Shabelle Media Network. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.