Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Fire at Bakaara Market, Mogadishu

My good friend Bashir just forwarded me the following photos of a Bakaara Market building on fire as a result of Ethiopian Army shelling aimed at insurgents in Mogadishu. He commented that there had been heavy fighting throughout the morning during which Ethiopian troops showered the city with artillery shells.

Meanwhile, the Shabelle Media Network's Aweys Osman Yusuf reports: "More than ten die as heavy fighting continues in Mogadishu."

Mogadishu 21, March.07 ( Sh.M.Network) Heavy fighting between the Somali government troops backed by Ethiopians and a large number of armed Somalis opposing the government and the Ethiopians is continuing in the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday.

The heavy gun battle started around 6:10 am local time and then spread into fresh areas in the capital where insurgents toughened their soldiers, increasing the number of combatants with the government troops and Ethiopians in south and north of Mogadishu.

Witnesses around the former Somalia Defense Ministry told Shabelle that they saw at least 10 people, including 7 government soldiers and three civilians, who died in the gun battle.

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The Ethiopians based at the Defense Ministry compound in south of Mogadishu have been attacked by the gunmen while the Ethiopians have been firing tanks and missiles towards north of Mogadishu. It is not yet known the exact number of civilian casualties in today’s fighting. However, the fighting [has continued] for four consecutive hours.

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The fighting comes a day after the Hawiye clan issued a press statement condemning the transitional government and threatening they would fight with the government if it did not change what it called the discriminating policy against the Somali clans.

The complete story with additional photos can be accessed by clicking here. CAUTION: Some photos are extremely graphic.

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