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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014 - 5:11:05 AM
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Islamist supporters, al-Qaeda terrorists attacked us: Somalia governor

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 foreigners.

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 telephone.

"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.

Source: Garowe Online
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