5 July 2014

Somalia: Renewed Fighting Breaks Out Near Qoryoley

An intense confrontation which resulted in severe fatalities such as casualties and losses erupted between co-allied Somali National Army soldiers and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces against Al-Shabaab on the outskirts of Qoryoley district.

The physical conflict was initiated after fighters from the Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group Al-Shabaab, launched a guerilla-style attack on the joint AMISOM and government troops on the periphery of the district in the Lower Shabelle region.

Despite the precise numbers of fatalities not being specified yet, locals residing near the town have told Shabelle that the atmosphere and security situation in the area is mounted with strong tension in the environment.

The Qoryoley District Commissioner, Mohamed Haji Osman, reported to Shabelle that the confrontation was contained almost immediately after the battle broke out whereby several of the terrorist insurgents were killed by the government soldiers.

Neighborhoods under the Qoryoley district in the Lower Shabelle region are among ones in which frequent fights and battles break out often between AMISOM and Somali National Army against the Al-Shabaab terrorist group.

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