Somalia: 20 killed in Mogadishu, Hiraan violence

By benim
In East Africa
Dec 26th, 2010

At least 20 people were killed and 22 others wounded in attacks in two major cities in central and southern Somalia.

Witnesses in Mogadishu said 10 people were killed in fighting between Somali government forces and Al Shabaab insurgents. More than 15 wounded persons were admitted to local hospitals, medical sources reported.

Somali military officers presented to local media dead bodies in Bondhere district, which they claimed were Al Shabaab fighters killed in action.

Separately, at least 10 people were killed in central Somali region of Hiraan after insurgents and Somali government were fought over control of a village near Beledweyne, capital of Hiraan region.

Ahmed Osman Inji, who identified himself as Somali army commander in Hiraan region, told reporters government forces killed 6 insurgents and burned one armed truck.

Al Shabaab military spokesman Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu Musab said Al Shabaab fighters attacked a Somali army camp located at El Gal, near Beledweyne town.

Abu Musab claimed that Al Shabaab fighters had seized control of El Gal town, but local sources reported that the town remains empty of armed factions.

Somalia’s capital Mogadishu been wracked by insurgent violence since early 2007, with insurgents now controlling most regions in south-central Somalia, including most of Mogadishu and Hiraan region.

-Radio Garowe

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