MERCA, Somalia June 10 (Garowe Online) A coalition of Islamic
Courts fighters and al Qaeda militants attacked and captured a district
in southern Somalia yesterday, a regional governor said today.
Abdulkadir Sheikh Mohamed, the governor of Lower Shabelle
region, said on Sunday that the armed fighters who took control of
Koryoley district after gun battles with government troops included
Fighting erupted Friday night and into Saturday
morning in Koryoley. Residents said at least 3 fighters were killed and
10 others wounded, but there were no official figures.
Governor Sheikh Mohamed and his troops withdrew from Koryoley
district around 11am yesterday, residents told Garowe Online by
"Arabs, Eritreans and Oromos fighting alongside Somali Islamists attacked our troops," the Lower Shabelle governor said.
Confidential sources in Koryoley could not confirm the
governor's claim that foreign fighters were involved, but the sources
said clan militiamen loyal to former Lower Shabelle governor Yusuf
Indha Ade had taken control of the district from government forces.
Indha Ade was defense chief under the Islamist administration that ruled southern Somalia between June and December 2006.