Africa
  World
  Islam
  Health
  Photos

World Islamic Prayer

Cimilada
VOA Somali
BBC Somali 14:00
BBC Somali 18:00
Deutsche Welle
BBC Radio
Voice of America
IRIN Radio
NPR Radio
Radio Netherland
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014 - 5:11:05 AM
Somalia
4 killed in central Somalia battle, incl. Al Shabaab commander

DHUSAMAREB, Somalia Feb 11 (Garowe Online) - Clan militias attacked a small town under the control of Islamists in central Somalia Tuesday night, killing the local al Shabaab commander, Radio Garowe reports.

The fighting erupted in the central region of Galgadud, which has been the scene of intense conflict between al Shabaab guerrillas and clan militias fighting under the banner of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamee'a in recent weeks.

At least four people were killed and seven others wounded during the battle, witnesses said.

"The fighting started with explosions and lasted for hours…but the situation is calm now [Wednesday morning]," said Omar Ismail, a resident of Masagawa town in Galgadud region.

He stated that clan militias overwhelmed the small number of al Shabaab insurgents inside the town, who were eventually forced to scatter except for a few al Shabaab fighters who were surrounded inside the town's only police station and "ordered to surrender."

Another witness, Madino Omar, said al Shabaab's local commander named Abdirahim Gessey was killed during the battle.

Al Shabaab fighters had been controlling the town for the past year, where they organized themselves and moved further north to capture the towns of Dhusomareb and Guri El, also in Galgadud.

But Ahlu Sunnah clan militias, reportedly armed by Ethiopia, retook control of Galgadud's provincial capital Dhusamareb and the trading town of Guri El in fierce battles that killed upwards of 100 people.

Source: Garowe Online

RELATED:
Somalia: Federal Govt troops foil attack on police station in central town
Somalia: Night raid operation targets senior Al Shabaab officials
UN envoy to Somalia condemns MP, journalist murder in Mogadishu


Advertisement
 

Vacancy Anouncment Legal Advisor for the Puntland House of Representatives

EDITORS PICK:

Somalia: Federal Govt troops foil attack on police station in central town

BELEDWEYNE, Somalia April 23, 2014 (Garowe Online)

Somalia: Night raid operation targets senior Al Shabaab officials

UN envoy to Somalia condemns MP, journalist murder in Mogadishu

Somalia: Burundi President arrives in Mogadishu on first visit

Somalia: Puntland Police arrest former Federal MP

Somalia: Former warlord refuses to lay down arms

Somalia: Bomb blast in Mogadishu kills Federal MP

Somalia's President stresses need for stability at National Conference on Security

Somalia: Khat plane veers off runway in central town

Somalia: Puntland Defence Forces urged to confront Somaliland, Al Shabaab

Somalia: Military in deadly battle with police in Middle Shabelle

Somalia: Al Shabaab fighters ambush Federal Govt troops in Bay, 6 militants killed

Somalia: Ugandan Guard Unit arrives in Mogadishu for UN personnel, bases protection

Somalia: Somaliland forces withdraw from historic town of Taleh

About Us | Disclaimer | Copyright | Contact Us