48 people killed in the last 24hrs in Somalia
More than 48 people, mainly civilians have been killed and over 100 others injured in clashes that rocked in central and southern Somalia’s capital Mogadishu within the last 24 hours.
The fighting continues into the second day on Friday after the clashes erupted again in Waradhumale in Galgudud region, central Somalia, between the pro-government moderate Islamic group Ahlu Sunna wal Jama’a and al Shabaab. Killed 25 people and injured 60 others.
Sheikh Abdirisaq Mahamed Ali, a senior official of Ahlu Sunnah in Galgadud region said that his planning is to remove the hard-line ideology from the region.
“We successfully carried out attacks to capture the positions against Al-Shabaab, we will continue seizing more other bases,” he added.
Resident said heavy artillery shells have also landed in residential areas in the central of the restive capital.
In additional, fierce violence killed 23 people and injured 61 others in Bula Hawo, a strategic town in Southern Somalia, bordering Kenya and Ethiopia.
The fighting erupted Friday after pro-Somali government forces backed by Ethiopian forces tried to re-seize the region from the insurgent.
“The latest clashes erupted late Thursday and continue until Friday, the two sides are exchanging heavy artillery and machine gunfire,” an eyewitness told Garowe Radio.
Meanwhile, hundreds of civilians have fled the town, crossing into neighbouring Kenya, according to United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.
“Around 300 Somalis have crossed into Kenya over the past few days to escape the fighting, and we have received reports from them of many injuries,” said the agency.
The war-battered seaside capital has been the scene of deadly civil strife since the collapse of the country’s central government in 1991. Civilians bear the brunt of clashes between warring sides involved in armed struggle.